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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business at St Benedict's Catholic High School & Sixth Form

Course description

The BTEC course is a vocational qualification that will equip students with the essential skills and knowledge for a future study or a career in business.  It offers the chance to gain a qualification on a more practical level, both in the way that they are taught and assessed through the completion of coursework.  Students will undertake a number of units for which they present evidence, based on real-life work and studies.  This allows them to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in practical situations.  During the course students will develop their group work, IT and presentation skills. 

Students taking a BTEC Level 3 Diploma will also study the following:


· 1 or 2 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subjects at either Standard or   Higher Level from Groups 3 and/or 4 (one from each group) or choose from the online options:

· Group 3



Information Technology in a Global Society


· Group 4



Design Technology

· On-line courses which can only be taken at Standard Level





· BTEC Level 3 Certificate in WorkSkills (Equivalent to 1 AS Level)


Course content

Students will study 12 units of work over the 2 years, these consist of:

· The business environment

· Business resources

· Introduction to marketing

· Business communications

· Business accounting

· Internet marketing in business

· Recruitment and selection in business    

· Human resource management in business

· Managing a business event

· Understanding retailing

· Starting a small business

· Business markets and the economy

Entry requirements

Students taking a BTEC Diploma will need to have achieved a minimum of 4 x GCSEs at grade C or above in separate subjects, preferably including English and Maths.       

Grade B or above in GCSE Biology/Science is preferable for Health & Social Care.

If a minimum of grade C at GCSE is not achieved in English Language and Maths, provision will be made for students to re-take these subjects in Year 12.

If the IB Diploma Programme subject option is chosen, you will require a B in that specific subject if it has been taken at GCSE.

No prior knowledge of business is required to study a Business BTEC.  

In the event of the Sixth Form being over-subscribed, the St Benedict’s Admissions Policy: 2015/2016 will be applied (see school website for details).


The Business BTEC will be taught using a mixture of interactive classroom teaching, discussion and reflection.  Students will be expected to work independently but also as part of a team.  Classroom learning will be reinforced by presenting evidence based on real-life work and studies, with reference to business at local, national or global level.

Students will be assessed on each unit, being awarded a pass, merit or distinction, which will then give them an overall grade at the end of their studies.  Each unit will be made up of a number of assessments that are varied, challenging and relevant to a future in business.


Future opportunities

Students studying a Business BTEC will be well-placed to pursue a business related degree at university.  The course may also aid entry into a career in a business-related subject such as management, marketing, accounting, human resources, retailing, manufacturing, banking and politics.

This qualification looks great to any employer as it shows you already have an understanding of how a business works.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School & Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: BTEC Business
  • Number of planned places: 15

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Miss Kerry Murray
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01789 767030