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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business at Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan

Course description

A BTEC National Diploma provides the complete coursework method of obtaining an A Level grade qualification. There are no examinations. The course can be studied over a 1 or 2 year period, covering a total of 6 Units about various aspects of business functions and operations. They provide learners with the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes that are essential for successful performance in working life.

Course content

The course is made up of six units – 4 mandatory units and 2 optional units. The optional units focus on the Retail Pathway to reflect the development of that type of business in the local area.

Four Mandatory Units:

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication

Two Optional Units:

  • Visual Merchandising in Retail
  • Food Retailing

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least one of the following:

  • A BTEC 1st Diploma in a related subject at Merit or higher grade
  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*- C with preferably C in English
  • Appropriate work experience
  • An interview with the Course Leader


Students produce a portfolio of evidence for each of the units. Each unit is internally assessed and awarded a grade and points. The points from each unit are compiled to obtain the final grade for the course which will be classified as either:

  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction
  • Distinction*

Future opportunities

BTEC National Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education (colleges and universities). The course provides a grounding for work in food, non-food or fashion retail, customer service, stock control or personal selling. Students may decide to go on to university or college where there are options to take a degree in Business or a BTEC Higher National in Business or Retail Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years