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Business BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description


This course is subject to accreditation by the examination board.

The Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business is designed to provide highly specialist work-related skills in the Business sector. Students will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment within Business.

The four core units give students an introduction to and understanding of the business environment, management of resources, marketing and communication

– all fundamental to the success of business organisations.

The assessment approach of the BTEC Nationals in Business allows learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards the assessment and grading criteria.

Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace assessment, role play and oral presentation.

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/A*-C including Maths and English (Minimum Grade 4/C)


Unit 1 The Business Environment

The unit introduces students to a range of business activities. Students will consider the purposes of different organisations and the influence of stakeholders and how businesses organise themselves through strategic planning and organisational structures.

33.3% Value

Coursework due Autumn term

Unit 2 Business Resources

At the core of every organisation are the human, physical, technological and financial resources that enable it to function. This unit will give students a broad understanding of the importance organisations place on managing their resources efficiently in order to achieve their objectives. Students are required to relate their understanding of resource management to a real organisation.

33.3% Value

Coursework due Spring Term

Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing

Marketing is at the heart of every organisation’s activity. This unit will introduce students to some of the tools and techniques all types of organisations use to achieve their objectives.

33.3% Value

Coursework due Summer Term

Unit 4 Business Communication

The aim of this unit is to show students that the collection and management of business information, and the successful communication of that information throughout a business, is critical for the future prosperity of any organisation.

33.3% Value

Coursework due Autumn Term

Unit 9 Creative Product Promotion

The aim of this unit is to give students an opportunity to learn about the promotion mix, and the related topics of buyer behaviour and branding, before going on to design their own small-scale promotional campaign.

33.3% Value

Coursework due Spring Term

Unit 36 Starting a Small Business

Understanding the skills needed to set up and run a business, and the regulations that need to be compiled with, and to have the opportunity to prepare a detailed business plan.

33.3% Value

Coursework due Summer Term


Financial information

There may be a charge for trips or visits etc.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

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: 10 November 2017
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