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Business Studies BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at The Bushey Academy

Course description

The BTEC National Diploma in Business provides learners with a broad foundation of knowledge about the ways in which businesses work through the mandatory units. There are also a wide range of optional units, enabling students to focus on their aspirations.

Course content

There are 4 mandatory and 8 optional units.

The four mandatory units are:

The Business Environment: This unit considers the purposes of different organisations and the influence of stakeholders, as well as how businesses organise themselves through strategic planning and organisational structures. Learners will look at the impact of external influences on business operations and the economic principles that impact on businesses.

Business Resources: Students will learn about the range of resources used by business including human, physical, technological and financial resources. It will address how these resources contribute towards the running of the business and how they can be managed.

Introduction to Marketing: This unit introduces learners to the role of marketing, research and planning and the marketing mix. Learners will study how to make use of market research and marketing planning and how the marketing mix can be used to meet the objectives of an organisation.

Business communication: Learners will consider the role of information and communication in the running of a successful business. They will look at where information comes from, how it is manipulated and communicated within a business and how it can be used to inform decision making.

The optional units will include units from the following pathways: Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Management, Law, Administration, Retail and General Options.


The Diploma has 4 mandatory units which are assessed internally. There are also 8 optional units which are also assessed internally.

Future opportunities

The BTEC National Diploma in Business is an established and highly successful alternative to general qualifications, suitable for a wide range of learners. As work-related qualifications, they are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years