Awarding Body:EdexcelCourse Duration:1/2 Years


2 Year Courses

Diploma in Business (2 A Level Equivalent.)

Subsidiary Diploma (1 A Level Equivalent.)


Course Content

Depending upon which BTEC course is chosen, the units selected are either mandatory or optional, taught over a one or two-year period, and are mainly internally assessed through coursework.

The Diploma in Business is a two year programme, designed to give students a through knowledge of the business world together with the vital business skills demanded by all major employers. The Diploma consists of eight units, six of which are mandatory and two of which are optional..

Year 1 (Core)

  • Exporing Business
  • Developing a marketing campaign*
  • Personal Business Finance*
  • Managing an Event

Year 2 (Core)

  • International Business
  • Principles of Management*

Year 2 (Optional)

The course team will select a further two units designed to give you a balanced and relevant structure. Likely areas of study will be:

  • Team Building in Business
  • Accounting
  • Digital Marketing
  • Recruitment and Selection

The Extended Certificate in Business is a two-year course and consists of four units:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a marketing campaign*
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • plus one optional unit

The Certificate is a one-year course, and comprises two units:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a marketing campaign*

Methods of Teaching

Due to the diverse nature of the course, a wide variety of teaching and learning styles will be utilised by the team, including group work, presentations and individual assignments. You may research topics and present results in a wide variety of ways other than as written text; often applying their research, skills and knowledge to specific work-related contexts and case studies. Where appropriate, group interaction can often play a part; for example, through teamwork and role play students can work collaboratively on certain key parts of their studies, just as they would in the workplace.  In many parts of their programme of study students learn in an applied and practical way and apply the under-pinning theories, research and analysis to bring a depth of understanding to their work.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

The course is assessed through a range of coursework assignments, controlled assessments and external assessment.  In the Certificate, there is one externally assessed unit, in the Extended Certificate there are two externally assessed units.  In the Diploma there are four externally assessed units.  Externally assessed units are marked with an asterisk.

Financial Implications

There are likely to be trips and visits to industry (such as IKEA, Calshot activity Centre and Thorpe Park) which may incur some expense but we will endeavour to cover costs within the departmental budget. The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Where Could It Take Me?

Both higher education establishments and industry recognise the BTEC in Business.  The course is suitable for those who have a keen interest in following a career in the wide field of Business and who wish to go directly into employment or an apprenticeship after completing the award as well as those who wish to embark on a higher education.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English.

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