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AQA Extended Certificate in Applied Business at Sandwich Technology School

Course description

This qualification is aimed at 16-18 learners who are in full-time Level 3 education and who wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in business and/or business realted subjects (eg. management, finance, entrepreneurship).

There are no formal requirements for this qualification, but, ideally, a learner will typically have four GCSEs at grade C or above above including maths and English.

This substantial vocational qualification provides a broader and deeper understanding of business knowledge and skills to support progress to higher education and is suitable for learning alongside other Level 3 qualifications, i.e.A-levels and/or other Level 3 vocational qualifications (such as accounting, sociology, psychology, languages, travel and tourism, health and social care, retail etc).

This qualification can also prepare people to take up employment in business and entrepreneurship, either directly after achieving the qualification or via higher education at university or college.

Studying this qualification will enable learners to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills recognised as most important by higher education and employers. The qualification also offers learners an opportunity to develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, reserach and communication, as part of their applied learning. 

This course leads to a qualification equivalent to one A Level in 2 years

Course content

Students will study 6 units of work over 2 years.

The topics covered at Level 3 are:

  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Business Dynamics
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunities
  • Managing and Leading People
  • Developing a business proposal
  • Managing an Event

Entry requirements

At least 5 good passes at GCSE including Maths and English


A variety of practical and written assessment is used in this course:

  • 3 x written assignments marked internally and verified by Exam Board
  • 1 x controlled assessment task with pre-release marked by Exam Board
  • 2 x written exams marked by Exam Board 

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: 05 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years