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Applied Business Level 3 Certificate at St Benedict's Catholic School

Course description

This course will appeal to those students who wish to pursue a career in business or selfemployment.

Year 12

Unit 1: Financial planning and analysis – An examined unit (representing 33.33% of the Certificate grade) Financial issues enterprises need to consider. Learners explore ways enterprises can be owned and financed. Learners will need to understand the issues that enterprises face concerning cash-flow and be able to calculate profit, break-even and cashflow. They will use this information along with final accounts and market information to make business decisions.

Unit 2: Business dynamics – A portfolio unit (representing 33.33% of the Certificate grade) Human, physical and financial resources are essential for the success of business organisations. Learners will investigate factors contributing to the success of businesses, focussing on the role of managers, supervisors and employees. They will consider how businesses organise themselves and will develop the ability to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of organisational structures.

Unit 3: Entrepreneurial opportunities – A Controlled Assessment Portfolio which is externally marked (representing 33.33% of the Certificate grade) Learners develop an understanding of entrepreneurial opportunities and investigate how individuals can exploit these through personal enterprise, eg offering a service. They will consider opportunities for their own personal enterprise, a given context and propose marketing and operations activities to take advantage of the entrepreneurial opportunity.

Teaching and learning styles
The Extended Certificate in Applied Business is a broad-based qualification that provides the opportunity for students to explore the world of business in a highly practical way. By adopting an investigative approach, students develop a range of skills while discovering the problems and opportunities faced by business. Emphasis is based on realistic business contexts and activities.

Entry requirements

At least 5 passes at grade C or equivalent or above are required. All students studying the Certificates must have at least a level 6 in English Language.


Certificate is 1/3 internally assessed, 1/3 Controlled Assessment Portfolio (Externally marked) 1/3 written examination.

This assessment matches the teaching and learning of Business Studies and provides a mixture of examinations and a coursework emphasis, which can be more suitable for some students.

Future opportunities

The course can prepare you for jobs in areas such as: Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting, Business Planning or Marketing Strategy.

Applied Business develops the full range of key skills – applications of number, communication and IT. It also develops the ability to work independently, as part of a team and develops critical thinking and decision making skills. As such it forms a valuable basis for any further study or likely career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2017
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