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Business BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

BTEC Nationals in Business use a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace, and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. This range of vocational assessments, both practical and written, mean students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, whether it be supporting applications to higher education courses or potential employers.

Course content

The BTEC Nationals in Business can be successfully combined with a course in any other AS or BTEC discipline. There is also the opportunity to combine study with the IFS Certificate in Financial Studies, which will complement Unit 3 Personal & Business Finance.

The BTEC Nationals in Business require the completion of mandatory and optional units as illustrated below. Currently there are two options available to students, either the Extended Certificate (1 x A-level equivalent) or the Diploma (2 x A-level equivalent). Students who have previously opted for the Extended Certificate have had the opportunity to extend their study to the Foundation Diploma (1.5 x A-level equivalent) in Year 13 in support of university applications. There could also be the potential to focus on programmes of study such as Enterprise & Entrepreneurship.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.


Exploring Business
(Internally assessed through portfolio work)
Learners will explore the features of different businesses and analyse what makes them successful by investigating how businesses are organised, the environment in which they operate and the contribution of innovation and enterprise to success.

Developing a Marketing Campaign
Learners will need to apply their knowledge, ideas and skills to plan a marketing campaign, linking its success to the impact on the business and using pre-released material includes information about a business and using research.

Personal and Business Finance
Learners will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information. and will be assessed by a written test will cover the purpose and importance of personal and business finance.

Recruitment and Selection Process
(Internally assessed through portfolio work)
Learners will examine how effective recruitment and selection contribute to business success by undertaking a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes leading to a successful job offer and reflecting on the recruitment and selection process.

Future opportunities

Studying for a BTEC National in Business enables students to access a wealth of career opportunities across the whole business spectrum. As well as this, Business can be combined with almost any other subject at university. There are hundreds of Business courses ranging from a general Business Studies degree course to more specialised courses for entry into management professions, which would be suitable for students studying a BTEC pathway

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.