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National Extended Certificate in Business BTEC Level 3 at The Hayesbrook School

Course description

These are exciting courses which will give you a background into the world of business and will provide plenty of opportunities to look at businesses first hand. This pathway is a vocational based approach to learning with emphasis on practical based activities underpinned by core business theories.

These courses will give you a background into the world of business and will provide plenty of opportunities to look at businesses first hand. Assessment is a mixture of coursework and external exams. The coursework is collected using assignments built around scenarios. They will include report writing, role plays, interviews, business letters and presentations. The final grade is given in a Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* in line with BTEC guidelines.

Employers and professional bodies that have worked with BTEC to provide this qualification include:

John Lewis
Let’s Talk Shop
Peter Jones Foundation

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Course content

(single option – one A Level) will include 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally examined.

The externally examined units:

Developing a Marketing Campaign
Personal and Business Finance

These units are mandatory along with another unit called ‘Exploring Business’. The students will then study an optional coursework based unit which could include:

Recruitment and Selection Process
Investigating Customer Service
Market Research
The English Legal System
Work Experience in Business

Entry requirements

We expect our Sixth Formers to have achieved at least a Grade 4 in both their English and Maths GCSEs, and at least 3 other qualifications at A* - C grade (or equivalent), in addition they need a GCSE B grade (or equivalent) in the subjects selected for post 16 studies.  Students do not have to have previously studied business studies to take this course in the sixth form.


The majority of the course is assessed in the classroom using various methods such as written assignments, role plays and presentation. The other units will be assessed via external examinations.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years