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Business BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate/Diploma (Edexcel) at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe

Course description

This is a very popular choice at Post-16.  Students study a wide range of business theory with a focus on vocational contexts.  The course is an excellent choice regardless of future education or career choice, however is especially useful for students who are considering careers in business or studying business at university e.g. finance, marketing or management.

In Year 1 students study for the Extended Certificate (one A Level equivalent) study to units: Exploring Business, which is internally assessed and Developing a Marketing Campaign which is externally assessed through a controlled assessment task.  In Year 2 to complete the qualification further units in Personal and Business Finance, which is externally assessed through an examination and an optional unit is added.


Students studying for the Diploma (2 A level equivalent) study units entitled Managing an Event and International Business in Year 1.  In Year 2 International Business is continued with a coursework unit which builds on the controlled assessment task assessed in the first year.  An optional unit completes the programme of study.

Course content

Course Content:

There are four core units that all students must complete:

1.  The Business Environment

2.  Business Resources

3.  Introduction to Marketing

4.  Business Communication


Units 1 to 3 are studied in year 1.  Unit 4 is studied in year 2. 

Students then complete a further 2 or 8 units depending on their choice of qualification. 

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:                                     

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5x 9-4 at GCSE subjects, preferably including English and Maths.   



All units of work are assessed through coursework, including reports, presentations and research portfolios.  Students can achieve Pass (grade E), Merit (grade C) or Distinction (grade A). 

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Future opportunities

Future Opportunities:

This course is a progression route to university higher education, apprenticeships and wide range of jobs.


Further information

Further Information:

For further information on this course, speak with a member of the Business Department at school, or check the specification at:


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: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years