NCFE Level 3 Skills for Business suite

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business (QCF)

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Enterprise (QCF)

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Finance (QCF)

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Human Resources (QCF)

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: IT (QCF)

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Retail (QCF)

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Sales and Marketing (QCF)

Countries
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
Purpose

The qualifications are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables.

These qualifications are suitable for learners aged 16 and above.

They provide transferable skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied in any business setting.

The units are aligned to National Occupational Standards for business and represent the core attributes required by employers in a range of business settings.

Learners can progress into further study to build upon these skills or to focus on a more specific vocational pathway.

These qualifications aim to provide learners with:

  • an understanding of the essential skills required to work successfully in a business environment
  • the skills required to solve problems in a business environment
  • an understanding of business culture and responsibilities
  • the ability to successfully communicate and work with others in a business environment
  • the opportunity to develop the skills required to manage and improve their own performance in a business environment
Education context

They are designed for use within 16 – 19 study programmes, which provide students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their future career plans.

Study programmes normally include substantial academic or applied and technical qualifications; non-qualification activity including work experience; and the study of English and mathematics where students do not hold a GCSE graded A* – C in these subjects.

They are focused on progression to the next level of education, a traineeship or apprenticeship, or other employment.

Qualification codes
601/2640/1 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business (QCF))
601/2647/4 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Enterprise (QCF))
601/2648/6 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Finance (QCF))
601/2649/8 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Human Resources (QCF))
601/2650/4 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: IT (QCF))
601/2651/6 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Retail (QCF))
601/2652/8 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Sales and Marketing (QCF))
Structure

Each qualification consists of Group A units, of which the learner must choose six.

  • Business culture and responsibilities (10 credits)
  • Deliver customer service in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Produce documents in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Solve problems in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Work with others in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Communicate in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Contribute to running a project (10 credits)
  • Innovation in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Manage and improve own performance in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Respond to change in a business environment (10 credits)

Group B units are relevant to the Diploma being undertaken (e.g. IT, Retail, Finance etc.) and learners will choose the number required to achieve the Diploma requirements.

Subject areas
  • Business
  • Enterprise
  • Information technology
  • Retail
  • Human resources
  • Sales and marketing
  • Finance
Levels
  • Level 3

These are UK Level 3 Qualifications regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)[1]

A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) [2]

Level 3 is aligned with Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)  Level 6


[1] The QCF was a credit-based transfer system which recognised qualifications and units by awarding credits. It has now been withdrawn for all new qualifications.

[2] The RQF is the new system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, indexing them by level and size.

 

Grading

The qualifications are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

The unit grades and external assessment grades are aggregated to form the final overall qualification grade.

A Distinction* grade will be awarded to learners who have consistently achieved a Distinction grade in every unit.

Assessment

Internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio of assessment.

Learners are set assignments. These may be in the form of briefs, scenarios, problem-solving exercises and research investigations. They are contextualised using realistic scenarios. The assessment may require students to write a report, write a business proposal, deliver a presentation, or make conclusions based on extensive research into a practical investigation.

All assessment is criterion-referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within a qualification has specified assessment guidance.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

100 per cent of the assessment is on the internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio of assessment.

Resit arrangements

To achieve the NCFE Level 3 in Skills for Business suite, learners must pass all units as detailed in the qualification specification.

Learners who aren’t successful can resubmit work as many times as required within the registration period.

Guided / notional learning hours notes

The qualifications within the suite range from 540 – 670 hours.

UCAS Tariff points

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Enterprise

Grade Points
D* 84
D 72
M 48
P 24

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Finance

Grade Points
D* 84
D 72
M 48
P 24

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Human Resources

Grade Points
D* 84
D 72
M 48
P 24

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: IT

Grade Points
D* 84
D 72
M 48
P 24

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Retail

Grade Points
D* 84
D 72
M 48
P 24

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Sales and Marketing

Grade Points
D* 84
D 72
M 48
P 24
Key issues for UK HE admissions

This suite of qualifications has been developed in partnership with employers, universities and other subject experts to ensure that the content is current and relevant.

Level 3 criteria require learners to analyse, draw conclusions, interpret or justify, which are all examples of higher level skills. This means that evidence provided for the portfolio will also demonstrate the development and use of higher level learning skills.

Learners may combine the Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business with other qualifications e.g. A levels or other vocational qualifications.

Timing of assessments and results

Learners are assessed throughout their programme of learning and may submit their portfolio of evidence at any point.

Results are provided on a rolling basis.

Certification information

Certification of these qualifications is reported on the basis of the number of certificates achieved over a 12-month period.

Progression information

The qualifications enable learners to progress to employment, a traineeship or apprenticeship in the business area studied.

The qualifications develop higher level skills, such as drawing conclusions, interpreting or justifying, and so support progression to higher education.

Progression to higher education may be in conjunction with other qualifications.

Further information

Further information can be found in the Qualification Specifications listed here:

Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-3-diploma-in-sk…

Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: IT

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-3-diploma-in-sk…

Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Enterprise

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-3-diploma-in-sk…

Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Sales and Marketing

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-3-diploma-in-sk…

Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Human Resources

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-3-diploma-in-sk…

Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Retail

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-3-diploma-in-sk…

Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Finance

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-3-diploma-in-sk…