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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business at Prospect School

Course description

A BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business is an exams, a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities such as finance and recruitment.
Students focus on a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge including communication, problem solving, presentation and interpretation. It is the equivalent to 1 GCE A Level grades.
The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business provides a broad foundation of business education which enables the learners to progress towards responsible positions in employment or continue in education to gain higher level qualifications.

Course content

Mandatory Units of study include:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance

Optional Units of study include:
  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Investigation Customer Service

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 5 or above
  • A BTEC First Certificate at Merit or above if chosen as a Level 2 option
  • GCSE Business Studies at grade C or above if chosen as a Level 2 option


  • 60% External Assessment
  • 40% Internal Assessment


Future opportunities

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business are required for many roles; employers seek individuals who have knowledge of a variety of business activities and situations. They look for employees who are good communicators and who can make valid business decisions and judgements in a variety of circumstances. BTEC qualifications are valued by employers and lead to career opportunities in various employment sectors.
Learners may also progress into Higher education at degree level as BTECs are an acceptable and respectable qualification for many courses including Business and Management, Advertising Account Executive, Chartered Accountant, Human resources manager Investment banker, Management consultant, marketing executive, Retail manager, Supply chain manager.

Further information

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: 07 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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    • At Prospect we are committed to continuous improvement and the raising of educational standards. As a Specialist College in Sports and ICT we aim to build on our current successful practice of developing young people who are physically, emotionally and educationally healthy. The concept of ‘personal best’ is used to develop students who are determined to succeed with whatever academic, sporting or personal goal they set. We are very proud to be able to offer the widest range of learning options of any school in Reading, backed up by an excellent welfare structure. We encourage and project an ethos of mutual respect and support where the diversity of people’s backgrounds is used to enrich our community and everyone is treated with equal value and care. Staff are committed to working in partnership with students and parents to widen perspectives, raise expectations, give encouragement, offer guidance and help every child achieve their personal best. We celebrate and recognise all types of achievement to build self-belief and self-esteem and to create an enjoyable and rewarding learning atmosphere. We are rightly proud of our school and students and aim to give you a flavour of what we have to offer, but in order to fully appreciate for yourself the fantastic facilities and opportunities, I would encourage you to visit us to see the school in action for yourself.