Awarding Body:EdexcelCourse Duration:2 Years


A BTEC is a flexible qualification which can be taken alongside more traditional qualifications to suit the interests and aspirations of the student.  This exciting course includes a wide range of units that will provide an excellent foundation for students wishing to either progress towards a course in higher education or enter the world of work in Business.  This is a two-year course which is equivalent to two A levels.  Students are then able to study one A level subject alongside.  Good results for students can be obtained when BTECs are taught flexibly alongside A Levels – there is no need to choose one or the other.

Course Content

The BTEC National Diploma in Business L3 is an advanced level vocational Business course which involves the theoretical and practical study of business related topics.  The course content is equally suited to both male and female students due to its diverse programme of study.  

The BTEC National Diploma in Business Level 3 is a 2-year programme. It is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the business world together with vital business skills demanded by all major employers. The course includes 4 core units and 8 specialist units taught over a two year period.

Successful completion of the first year of the course will allow students to receive the BTEC Subsidiary in Business Level 3 qualification. They will progress onto the second year to work towards the full BTEC National Diploma in Business Level 3. Progression onto the second year will be at the discretion of the course leader subject to performance and level of attendance during the first year of the course. The course complies with the new Qualification Credit Framework.

Year 1

Unit 1 The Business Environment
Unit 2 Business Resources
Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing
Unit 4 Business Communication


Unit 5   Business Accounting

Unit 36 Starting a Small Business

Year 2
The course team will select a further six units designed to give students a balanced, relevant structure. The second year is likely to include units such as Recruitment and Selection, Development Planning  for a Career, Business Ethics and Aspects of Contract Law. Specialist units may change.

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. Students 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

A BTEC in Business can help you achieve your full potential. Students are rewarded along the way for consistent hard work, without the added pressure of exams at the end.  The course is totally assessed through a range of coursework assignments and practical exercises.  These will involve a range of tasks allowing you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the topics. THERE ARE NO EXAMINATIONS.

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?

The BTEC National Diploma is recognised by both higher education establishments and industry.  The course is suitable for students who have a keen interest in following a career in the wide field of Business and who wish to go directly into employment after completing the award as well as those who wish to embark on a degree course at university.

Entry Requirements

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

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