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Business BTEC Extended Diploma at Shenfield High School

Course description

The Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course for learners who want to progress to higher education courses, apprenticeships or employment within business areas. The aim of the course is to equip learners with both practical and written skills, and gain a thorough insight into the daily operations within the business environment.

Course content

There are seven mandatory units, which are:

  1. Exploring Business
  2. Developing a Marketing Campaign
  3. Personal and Business Finance
  4. Managing an Event
  5. International Business
  6. Principles of Management
  7. Business Decision Making

Units 2, 3, 6 and 7 are externally assessed, with units 2, 6 and 7 submitted as a written assessment completed within a maximum of 3 hours under controlled conditions and unit 3 is a 2 hour examination that will be sat in the hall. In addition to the above, a further six units will be studied, which will be assessed internally by members of the department. The units selected will be designed to give students a broad understanding of the business environment, from both a practical and academic point of view.

Entry requirements

A genuine interest in the business environment, with a desire to investigate various different scenarios and the potential impact on different businesses, including Tesco, Apple and McDonalds.

A minimum of 38 points at GCSE. If you have previously studied Business Studies, you will need to have obtained a grade C in GCSE Business or a Merit at Level 2 BTEC Business. At least a grade D in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE is also necessary.


Written assessments completed in controlled conditions alongside a two hour examination in Personal and Business Finance. External assessment accounts for 42% of the overall qualification.

Future opportunities

At the end of this course you may choose to progress to higher education, apprenticeships or employment within the business environment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenfield High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years