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Business BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at Sharnbrook Academy

Course description

‘In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.’  Harold S. Geneen

The course is for anyone with an interest in a career in business, and who would prefer a more ‘hands-on’, vocational approach to learning.

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is broadly equivalent to one A Level and is graded pass, merit, distinction, or distinction* (P, M, D, D*).

Course content

This is a two year course consisting of six units and is the equivalent to one A level.  The four core units will give you an introduction to, and understanding of the business environment, management of resources, marketing and communication – all fundamental to the success of business organisations. 

The core compulsory units are:

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication

You will then study two additional specialist units, which could cover aspects of accounting, marketing, human resources, management, business law, business administration, retail, IT applications and the economy.

Entry requirements

All students must meet the minimum entry requirements which are:

For level 3 BTEC courses only:

  • a minimum of five GCSE passes at A* to C, plus mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.  
  • ECDL or an equivalent IT course where studied. Please note that, in this case, level 2 BTEC qualifications can count for up to a maximum of five of the required GCSE passes at A* to C, or mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.

If students have previously studied business at BTEC Level 2 a minimum of a pass grade/GCSE grade C is required.


There are 6 units with 4 assignments in each, spread over the 2 years. Each assignment will be assessed and must be complete to a pass, merit or distinction level in order to complete the course.

There are no exams for this BTEC: this is a coursework based course and all units must be completed over the 2 years in order to achieve a grade.

Future opportunities

BTECs allow students to move on to higher education, to progress further in their career, to start their career in a certain industry or in some instances give them the skills to start their own business. They allow the student flexibility and choice in what they choose to do. Business employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods.

The BTEC Business provide a route to employment into the many diverse areas of business. These could include: roles in specialist areas such as management, marketing, finance, customer service or human resources in large organisations, and a more generic role in a small local business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sharnbrook Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017

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