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Business BTEC at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

Business Studies provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. Through its study, students discover how businesses operate and learn about their key elements and essential business functions. As part of the course students will partake in at least 40 hours of work experience in a business environment. 

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 one part of a 3 part programme of study that includes appropriate BTEC Nationals such as Sports Science or other A Levels subject to meeting the entry requirements.

Course content

The learning programme covers the following content areas:

  • business environments
  • finance 
  • marketing
  • work experience in your field of interest

As well as gaining a qualification you will also be developing and practicing your employability skills:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

If you enjoy using figures and statistics, looking at the bigger picture and the business world in a more analytical sense and evaluating the impact business theories can have on the business environment, then this course is for you. Students who enjoy problem solving and expressing their views through debating should consider this Business course as an option of study.

Entry requirements

Vocational Programmes:
Minimum of 5 C grades (or new grade 4) at GCSE or Distinction/ Merit in a relevant BTEC First Diploma (or equivalent) plus 1 grade C (or new grade 4) at GCSE.

You must also study English/ Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 or old C grade in these subjects.

Mixed Programme: 
If you wish to mix A levels with vocational courses, you must meet entry requirements for the bigger part of your programme: 

  • 2 A levels plus a single award vocational course - A level programme requirements
  • Double award vocational plus 1 A level - vocational programme entry requirements, plus any subject specific requirements for the chosen A level.

You must also study English/ Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 or old C grade in these subjects.


There is no coursework and all assessment is in the form of written exams. All three exams are sat at the end of the second year.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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