Business Diploma 2

Business Diploma

Giving you the opportunity to showcase your skills and apply your business knowledge in an appropriate, work-related context.

Why study the Business Diploma?

Young people taking their first steps towards a new career need the right blend of technical and academic skills in order to become the highly-skilled, work-ready individuals employers and universities look for.  This vocational qualification is designed to help you succeed and develop the skills and confidence you will need to step into your future.

Equivalent to two A-levels, the course is an excellent introduction to the business sector and giving learners an edge when progressing to higher education and employment.

What will I study?

At Winstanley College we take a balanced approach to study combining traditional teaching methods with online resources.  Assignments are linked to real-world businesses that students actually visit, research and evaluate.  You will also have the opportunity to set up and run your own business event, develop, plan and pitch a new business idea and develop and evaluate a marketing campaign based on a given brief.  Units of study include:

  • Exploring a business
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal and business finance
  • Managing an event
  • International business
  • Principals of management
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Pitching a new business idea

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?

Edexcel course

The course offers a combination of assessment styles.

Internal assignments (55% of the course).

Externally assessed assignments and written exams (45% of the course).

Where could it take me?

Many students go on to study business-related courses at university including business management, human resources, accountancy, and finance, and marketing. There have been successful students gaining accountancy and business apprenticeships with global companies such as BAE Systems, MBDA, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Astra Zenica, Tesco and Network Rail.

Subject combinations

As this is a two A-level equivalent course you must take an additional subject.  Popular subject combinations include Psychology, Media, IT or Criminology.

What support is available?

As a department we offer continual support to our students, whether it is highly specialised assignment support, answer structure or application.

We strive to ensure that all students reach their full potential and staff are always available should you need additional help or support.


What extracurricular activity is available?

The wide variety of activities include the opportunity to continue our tradition of success in the nationally recognised Young Enterprise Company Programme. There are also a large number of external talks from local business owners, university lecturers and past students who now work for large multinational businesses. A competitive spirit is also encouraged through the Student Investor Stock Market Challenge.

Recent trips have been made to London, the Port of Liverpool, Patak’s, Bank of England, Warburton’s, Jaguar Land Rover and Amazon

Did you know?

Over 95% of students achieve Distinction* or Distinction grades.

This year students had to develop a marketing campaign for an E-Sports company as part of the course.