The Level 3 Foundation in Business is a 120 credit qualification.  This qualification broadens and expands and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work. It is broadly equivalent to two GCE A Levels.


Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or

to progress to a level 4 foundation degree programme. Other learners may want to extend the specialism they studied and progress onto the 180-credit oxford pathway programme level 4 leading to degree level university, which extends and deepens the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 foundation.


The predecessor qualification to the Level 3 Foundation in Business is equivalent to Edexcel BTEC National Certificate accredited onto the National Qualifications Framework, which has the same equivalences, Overall size and focus to the revised QCF-accredited qualification of ofqual standard.