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Course Title:

Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Business and Enterprise

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Course Description:

The qualification enables you to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in the business and enterprise sector.


The course focuses on an applied study of the business and enterprise sector using real working business and enterprise examples to study.


This course can lead to studying business at a higher level and provides academic and study skills that will support progression.  The course is equivalent in size to an A-level and can be studied alongside Level 2 Maths and English if you do not already have these qualifications.


You can also study for the new Essential Digital Skills qualification too. Our students can apply for this course and access their level 2 Maths and English and Digital skills before the course starts using our flexible delivery options.


Units include:

Starting a business
Marketing and promotion for business and enterprise
Management of people and operations
Finance for business and enterprise 


This qualification has UCAS points as follows:

Distinction*: 56
Distinction: 48
Merit: 32
Pass: 16


How will this course be delivered?


Every Wednesday and Thursday on campus, non-residential. This course will run from 9am to 4pm.  


Entry requirements:

In order to access this qualification, we would expect to see level 2 Maths and English qualifications grades C or 4 and above either already achieved or to be studied as part of your study plan for the year.

If you already have level 2 qualifications, we will need to see your certificates. If you do not but have been assessed as being at an appropriate level to achieve level 2 in the required time, you will be accepted on the course on the basis that they are studied (they are free if you don't already hold them).

Essential Digital Skills is free to everyone.

What could this course lead to?

Higher Education courses in Business related subjects.

Possible careers include Team Leader, Supervisor, Manager.

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to work in a business environment. It will be great on your CV for business-based roles and has UCAS points attached for people wanting to progress onto Higher Education courses. 

Watch out for our Level 4 Business course launching in September 2022.

Applicants will be interviewed by the course tutor.

Funding Support Statement:

This course is free to all eligible students aged 19 to 23 who have not previously gained a full level 3 qualification. We will assess if you are eligible when you apply. 

If you are aged over 23 or already possess a level 3 qualification, you may consider covering the cost by applying for an Advanced Learner Loan (ALL) or arrange a payment plan with the college. Did you know you don’t need to repay your loan back if you complete a university degree afterwards, or until you are earning a certain amount? For full details and ALL eligibility visit: link missing here?

The Advanced Learner Loan cost is £1,987.00.

Need more Information?

You can find out more about Northern College and the courses on offer at one of our Virtual Open Events

Tuition Fee: Free*

* Please note the fee displayed is for the tuition fee only. If you are staying overnight at the college and you are not eligible for residential funding, there will be an additional charge to cover bed, breakfast and evening meal.
* Please confirm with The College Registry as fees can change and also with regards to your circumstances (unless otherwise stated).

email : mis at northern dot ac dot uk
Tel : 01226 776000