BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business

Course Leader:

Ms E Benjamin –

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel
Guidance: Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above
Course Start Date: 09/2024
Course length: 2 Years
Course description:

The BTEC Level 3 in Business is the ideal stepping stone to achieving a higher qualification in business and management. The course also provides learners with the opportunity to gain employment in the business sector after graduation.

BTEC Business is a modern subject that enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does.
Equivalent to one A Level, the engaging syllabus of the Level 3 course balances the professional, workplace skills employers are looking for in candidates with academic progression. Once a student has completed the Level 3 qualification, they can progress into employment and/or continue their studies in the same, or a similar vocational area.

Studying this subject will enable you to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues.
  • Analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences.
  • Evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgements and propose evidence-based solutions to business issues.
Course units:

Students of the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business will enjoy an exciting syllabus that covers topics such as business environments, and marketing and budgeting.  Course modules include exploring business, and developing a marketing  campaign.

There are two externally-assessed units (Unit 2 & Unit 3) and two which are internally-assessed. This provides a good mix of both forms of assessment and differs from the more traditional structure of A Level courses.

In Year 12, students will complete Unit 1 & Unit 2 and in Year 13, Unit 3 and Unit 8.

The BTEC qualification will prepare you for university and will also help you to develop skills that you will need in the workplace. Through this course we endeavour to send well-rounded individuals into the workplace with the potential to be successful business people.

Unit 1 Exploring Business

In this introductory unit, you  will study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive. Investigate the role and contribution of innovation and enterprise to business success.

Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign

Marketing is a dynamic field central to the success of any business. You will gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. and explore different stages of the process that a business goes through when developing its campaign, developing your own campaign for a given product or service.

Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance

Personal finance involves the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent future financial difficulties giving insight into where you can get financial advice and support. The business finance aspects of the unit introduce you to accounting terminology, the purpose and importance of business accounts and the different sources of finance available to businesses. Planning tools, such as cash flow forecasts and break-even, will be prepared and analysed.

Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection Process

You will learn that successful recruitment is key to maintaining the success of a business and explore the various selection tools and the enhanced use of technology in this area. This unit gives you the opportunity, through role play, to take part in selection interviews, review your performance and analyse your skills for development.


42% Coursework
58% Examination

Unit 1: Exploring Business
Internally assessed but externally moderated coursework task. There are three assignments in total. This unit is worth 25% of the overall qualification.
Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
Controlled assessment – a task is set and marked by the exam board and completed under supervised conditions. This unit is worth 25% of the overall qualification.
Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance
External assessment in the form of a written exam (1 paper which is 2 hours long). This unit is worth 33.33% of the overall qualification.
Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection
Internally assessed but externally moderated coursework task. There are three assignments in total. This unit is worth 16.66% of the overall qualification.

What can I do with this qualification?

With BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. It is possible for you to progress further into higher education, as successful BTEC level 3 qualifications give UCAS points for university applications.

This course will help you to develop the following employability skills:
– Creative problem solving
– Research
– Interpersonal communication skills
– Teamwork and working collaboratively
– Time management
– Negotiation and influencing skills
– Presentation skills
– Adaptability and resilience
– Self-monitoring and development

Next Steps
Alongside A Levels, BTEC Nationals are the most widely-recognised qualification for admission into higher education. Students who complete the course have a variety of options including going on to study a business-related degree.
The nature of the qualification means that students will have developed the skills to work in a variety of other business-orientated industries.

10 Possible Careers:
1. Business Entrepreneur
2. Business Finance
3. Event Management
4. Human Resources
5. Marketing and Promotions
6. Product Development
7. Public Relations
8. Recruitment Consultancy
9. Retail Management
10. Sales

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