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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (Peter Jones Enterprise Programme)

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

The course equips you with the skills and confidence that can allow you to continue to run or set up your own business. It can also give you the opportunity to progress into university on a foundation or full honours degree programme in business or enterprise related area. You will also have the option to move into employment or a higher apprenticeship.

Overview of the course: 

The course is taught with an exciting mix of classroom based activities, trips and guest speakers. We'll teach you to manage the day-to-day challenges of setting up and running a business such as business planning and pitching, financial planning and implementation and future business growth and performance analysis.
You will have the opportunity to run your very own micro business for a 4 month period, some of the assignments on the course are based around your own business, which will help you gain the skills and experience for managing a business. As well as running your business you will have a substantial work placement which is tailored to your specific interests that have been covered on the course, where you will be given a project to manage and will develop your employability skills. All units are assessed through assignment work and are graded pass, merit and distinction.

Entry requirements: 

The course is open to students ages 16 and over. Candidates must have achieved a minimum of four GCSE grades 9-4 including Maths and English.


Examples of the units covered include:

The Innovative Entrepreneur - How entrepreneurs create new ideas and turn those ideas into a business. You will carry out a variety of ideas generation sessions to help develop your own idea which you will turn into a real life micro business. You will run your very own business for a period of 4 month.

Business Planning and Pitching - You will develop a professionally presented business plan for your own real life micro business.

Financial Planning & Implementation - You will gain skills and knowledge to prepare and use simple budgets and accounts for your very own micro business.

Financial planning and implementation – Students will gain skills and knowledge to prepare and use simple business budgets and accounts, and to explore sources of funding based on their very own microbusiness.

How is the course assessed?: 

All units are internally assessed. Assessment methods includes written assignments, reflection on own practice in real work situations. All units are graded pass, merit and distinction.

Further study options after this course: 

Following successful completion of the course you can continue to run your own business or move into employment. You could also progress into higher education on a foundation or full honours degree programme in a business or enterprise related area.

Length of the course: 

1 year, full time


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £4170.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (25 May 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

'Most enjoyable course I have ever done. I enjoyed taking part in real life business situations and experienced as well as just learning the theory behind them. It really sets you up with real life experiences for the business world.' Jonathan Hammond, PJEA 2014/15

'My experience on the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy has been brilliant. It’s not like any other business course. Yes the work is hard but it is also so much fun with lots of rewards. You have great opportunities to improve your future and make some great friends. We have been on lots of business trips that relate to the units that we have covered and we have had the chance to meet a variety of guest speakers including the famous Levi Roots who produced Reggae Reggae source!' Lydia Sanderson, PJEA 2014/15

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