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Business BTEC level 3 Diploma at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

The BTEC National Diploma in Business is a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to two A-levels. The Diploma 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 appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.
The National Diploma in Business provides learners with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive range of business skills and personal attributes that will allow them to gain employment in business or to go on to higher study at university. 
The compulsory core modules develop in learners an understanding of the business environment, the management of resources, marketing and communication — all fundamental to the success of business organisations. The optional units will cover business accounting and the issues involved in starting a small business. Learners will produce individual reports, although some of the work will be done in groups. 

Course content

Learners must complete the following six compulsory units:  
  1. Exploring Business (coursework) 
  2. Developing a marketing campaign (controlled assessment) 
  3. Personal and Business Finance (exam) 
  4. Managing an event 
  5. International business 
  6. Principles of management 
They will then complete the following two optional units: 
  • Recruitment & Selection process (coursework) 
  • Creative promotion 
As well as studying specific business theories and practices, learners will develop a comprehensive range of generic business skills including: 
  • Written and verbal English  
  • Communication 
  • Numeracy 
  • Presentation 
  • Leadership 
  • Organisation 
  • Time management
Learners will develop these skills by working on a range of different units, each focusing on a different aspect of business. They will have to manage their time effectively to ensure work is completed to deadlines. 

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have 4 GCSEs at grades A`-C. 


62% coursework 
The student's coursework completed for each designated unit will be marked by their teachers, moderated within the school and also verified by Edexcel. 
38% externally assessed via either an exam or a piece of controlled assessment. 
Each external assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Business suite are:  
  • examinations — all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome 
  • set tasks — learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. 
Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information. External assessments are available once or twice a year and learners can have only one resit attempt during the programme. 

Future opportunities

A BTEC National will allow students to continue on to relevant courses at university or equip them with the necessary tools to enter the world of work. It does not close off any opportunities as it is valued in every industry.
In particular, business graduates go on to careers in: 
  • Accounting  
  • Administration 
  • Retail banking 
  • Auditing 
  • Financial Advice 
  • Insurance  
  • Distribution 
  • Hotel Management 
  • Leisure Centre Management  
  • Market Research 
  • Personnel Management  
  • Retail Management  
  • Sports Management 
  • Law 
  • Industry

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016
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