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Business BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at The Blue School

Course description

For each unit, students have to produce work showing that they can demonstrate the assessment criteria for that unit. There will be an opportunity to learn and acquire the skills of research, applied ICT, evaluation and in-depth analysis techniques through work related contexts and personal investigation. Students will also develop time management and presentation skills as they undertake varied work both independently and in pairs or as part of a small team. There will be guest speakers and visits to businesses which will be used as case studies within coursework.

A variety of assessment approaches will be used, including producing a range of business documents, practical vocational activities, observation and photographic evidence. Not all assessment needs to be completed by written coursework

Course content

The Extended Diploma 2016 contains 66% mandatory content alongside 42% external assessment. Equivalent in size to three A Levels, there are 13 units of which 7 are mandatory and 4 are external, which need to be studied alongside 6 optional units. The 4 externally assessed units are: 

  • · Developing a marketing campaign
  • · Personal and business finance
  •  · Principles of management
  • · Business decision making

The remaining mandatory units include:

  •  · Exploring business
  • · Managing an event
  • · International business

The 6 optional units are selected for the students by the Business department and cover a wide range of business topics including recruitment, law, digital marketing, retail, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), market research, human resources, accountancy and customer service. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*-C including grades for English and mathematics as below:

  • ·         English Language – New grade 4 or above
  •           Mathematics – New grade 4 or above


The course is supported by assessment from 9 internal and 4 external units. Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. All of the units developed for external assessment allow learners to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. Learners must achieve all external units at a Pass grade or above to achieve the Extended Diploma. Learners are able to resit any external assessment that is below expectations however this can only be done once during the 2 year course. The coursework produced is internally assessed and externally moderated. All of the course units have clear assessment objectives easily understood by students, parents, employers and teachers. 

Future opportunities

This Business course provides a solid foundation for a wide variety of careers and higher education opportunities. Students who have taken this course have successfully progressed to Higher Education and employment. Many have taken business related university courses and have subsequently moved into managerial jobs within public relations and advertising, education and law. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Blue School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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