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Business - Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at All Hallows Catholic College

Course description

BTEC Level 3 Diploma courses are part of the framework of National Vocational Qualifications, backed by the Government. This framework provides the national system for vocational qualifications, just like they system for GCSEs and 'A' levels. Students can study BTEC Diplomas and 'A' levels together. This provides an exciting opportunity for all students to 'mix and match' traditional 'A' levels with 'Vocational' A levels in the Sixth Form at All Hallows and to start to form a clearer view of the direction of their future career. Business also comprises one of the ‘lead’ subjects for our Business and Enterprise College status and the Career Academy United Kingdom (CAUK) programme.

The BTEC Diploma is suitable for all students who have an interest in studying Business and who wish to combine BTEC Diploma and A levels to gain the benefits of both types of course. The course will appeal to those students who: 

  • Want to become part of the Career Academy UK (with the opportunity to have a Business Mentor and complete a 6 week paid internship
  • Have a keen interest in business and how it operates
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
  • Want to find out more about business through personal investigation
  • Are interested in developing an understanding of business organisations, the markets they serve and how to deal with customers effectively
  • Want to move on to a related career or higher education course
  • Want to follow a course that is active and enjoyable
  • Want to move on to a related career or higher education course

Course content

Year 1 Course Content

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

  • Unit 1 The Business Environment
  • Unit 2 Business Resources
  • Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for the course are either:

  • Five GCSEs (including OCR National Award at Merit) at grade C or above including Maths and English
  • Level 2 Vocational course at Merit or above.


The course is based on 100% coursework

Future opportunities

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A level pass at grades A*-E. Students with a BTEC Diploma in Business have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. They learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being of great value. Some students choose to use these qualifications to go straight into employment, rather than go on to higher education. Because Business students develop the transferable skills and the key skills that employers are looking for, they can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities including Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Retail Management, Production etc.


The value of the BTEC National qualification is recognised in various ways, including:

  • by employers for recruitment and promotion
  • for academic progression as the equivalent of A levels by the Standing Conference on University Entrance,
  • by many professional bodies, which often give exemptions from their own examinations to holders of this Edexcel qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact All Hallows Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 08 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year