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Business - BTEC National Level 3 Certificate in Business at Queensbury School

Course description

BTEC qualifications are vocational in that they develop skills which you will use when you start work. These include independent research, teamwork, planning and communication skills which are developed through coursework. There is no exam in this qualification. Successful students will achieve the BTEC Level 3 Certificate after one year and this is equivalent to one AS Level qualification. In the second year they will continue with the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma which is equivalent to one A2 qualification. It is possible to take just the one year course but many students choose to continue to do the full 2 year course. It is flexible. You do not need to have studied Business before to do this course.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is studied in the first year and comprises of the following Units:


Unit 1 - The Business Environment

Unit 2 - Business Resources

Unit 3 - Introduction to Marketing


The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is studied in the second year and comprises of the following Units:


Unit 4 - Business Communication

Unit 10 - Market Research in Business

Unit 19 - Developing Teams in Business


Details of these units are now given:


UNIT 1 - The Business Environment

You will study 2 different businesses and investigate their type of ownership, stakeholders, organisational structure, functional areas (marketing, human resources, finance, etc) and their aims and objectives. You will then research how external influences such as economic climate and supply and demand affect them. Political, legal and social factors also affect businesses and you will investigate the impact of these.


UNIT 2 - Business Resources

One business will be chosen and in in-depth study will be undertaken on how it recruits employees and how these employees are managed. The physical and technological resources needed to run the business will be researched and analysed.  Businesses need to obtain finance and different sources will be evaluated.  Finally you will learn to interpret profit and loss accounts and balance sheets from this company.


Unit 3 - Introduction to Marketing

Marketing means developing the right product at the right price, selling it in the best place and choosing the best method of promotion (i.e. advertising and offers) to do this.  First of all you will research two organisations and investigate the marketing techniques they use.  You will then develop and use marketing research on a survey of your choice.  Businesses categorise customers in many ways.  You will investigate how and why business do this. Finally you will develop your own marketing mix (product, price, place, promotion) for a new product or service of your choice.

Entry requirements

It is not a requirement that you have studied a Business qualification before. You do, however, need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. This must include English because it is essential you can produce good quality written work. In order to study the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business you must first have successfully completed the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Business.


You will be graded either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. Broadly speaking a Pass is equivalent to A Level grade E, Merit is equivalent to A Level grade C and Distinction/Distinction* is equivalent to A Level grade AA*. As mentioned previously it is all coursework so there is no exam. Each Unit is built up of approximately 6 Pass tasks, 3 Merit tasks and 2 Distinction tasks so roughly about 11 pieces of work to do. These could take the form of reports, power-points, leaflets, presentations, etc and are put together to form a complete study of that unit which will be graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. Points are awarded accordingly and these are totaled at the end of the course to give one final overall grade.


Future opportunities

BTEC Nationals in 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 organizations or a more generic role in a small local business. Many students choose to go into employment in these areas after their 2 year course. Students can also further their Business qualifications by studying BTEC Higher National Business. These qualifications are the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Business and the BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business. Students can also go on to study a degree in Business Management, Marketing, Business and Finance at University.

Further information

Please contact Miss Denton who will be pleased to answer any questions you have. It might also be helpful to go on to Edexcel's website: (QCF)/BTEC Nationals from 2010


Here you will be able to see full details about the content of the course.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 1 Year