National Foundation Diploma or National Extended Diploma

Achieve a National Foundation Diploma in your first year of study then top up to a National Foundation Extended Diploma in the second year. The National Extended Diploma gives you much more detail on the subject - it's the same as three A-levels and is a great route into university. If you already have a National Foundation Diploma from another college, you can choose to top up to the National Extended Diploma with just one year of study.

Introduction

This course develops the knowledge, understanding and skills you'll need to become a decision-maker in business. You'll be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in a way that suits you best. We also run several visits a year to companies, often based in the City, to see the different roles and practices for the organisation - this will help you understand how different business sectors work. Previous visits have included AXA insurance and the UK's top law firm, Clifford Chance. As part of our work with the Career Academy, we have guest speakers from big businesses who are experts in their field, to talk about their journey to their role, what you need to do to be prepared for interviews and work and what employers are looking for. Some of our students have internships through Career Academy too. Our students have interned with top companies like Liberty Insurance, Citibank, Halifax and Barclays - some have even been offered full-time work afterwards. We have also run a successful 'study buddy' programme with a London university to help prepare our students for applying to university and being prepared for higher-level study.

Subjects include:

  • Exploring Business

    Developing a Marketing Campaign

    Personal and Business Finance

    Managing an Event

    International Business

    Principles of Management

    Business Decision Making

Materials

You'll be given a book list and you'll be expected to buy the main text book for the course. Our library is well-stocked with everything else you need.

Assessment

You'll be assessed throughout the year with coursework and 3 externally assessed exams.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs A*-C/9-4 with English and maths at A*-D/9-3; OR a relevant Level 2 Extended Certificate/Diploma at least at merit plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.

Next Steps

From the 90-credit diploma, move up to the extended diploma. From the extended diploma, progress into higher education or start a career in administration, finance and accounts, marketing, management or law.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.


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