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Business BTEC Level 3 at Thomas Mills High School

Course description

If you prefer completing work and being rewarded for it rather than your grade completely relying on your performance in an exam this qualification would be suitable. The Business course explores all of the basics of business along with a focus on marketing strategy in the first year. In the second year students will learn about finance and work on one of a number of other units depending on preferences of students. This course aims to build high-level skills such as teamwork, creative thinking and presentation skills. Independent research and study skills, which will be essential for university success are also a focus.

Entry requirements

We consider students on a case by case basis. The equivalent of at least four GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above would be desirable to study the business A-Level course.


The Business BTEC National Certificate, which is the equivalent of an AS is made up of two units. They are assessed as shown below:

Unit 1:
Exploring Business. This unit is assessed by tasks that are set and assessed by your teacher and can be done at your own pace.
Unit 2:
Developing a Marketing Campaign. This unit is assessed by the completion of a written task, which is completed under supervised conditions over a period of three hours. You will receive a case study two weeks before the assessment period to carry out research to prepare and plan a marketing campaign.

The Business BTEC National Extended Certificate, which is the equivalent of an A-Level is made up of 4 units. These comprise of Unit 1 and Unit 2 from the National Certificate as well as the following:
Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance. For this unit a written exam is sat, which is written by and marked by the exam board, Pearson.
Unit 4: This unit could be recruitment and selection, customer service, market research or the English legal system depending on student need. The assessment will be through assignments set by your teacher and completed at your own pace.

Future opportunities

The BTEC National certificate is designed at its heart with improving your employability. Not only this but 95% of universities including Oxford accept BTECs. Whether you want to go straight into employment, or go to university the BTEC is an appropriate course to choose.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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