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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

The Diploma in Business is broadly equivalent to 1 GCE A-Level and, like other Level 3 courses is taken over a 2 year study period. You will study 4 mandatory units and 2 optional units over the 2 years.


The Diploma in Business has a work-related emphasis and is assessed purely on assignment work - there are no external examinations.

This course aims to prepare you for employment more directly than most other A-Levels, although many BTEC Diploma students still decide to take a university degree before going into employment.

Course content

You will gain a broad understanding of the world of business and study selected areas in greater depth.

You spend time on work-related assignments and may visit local employers. You will develop the communication, numeracy and IT skills you need in any job as well as talents in report writing, making presentations and using IT packages.

The course content section below will give you insight into the unit topics you will study. There are 4 mandatory units which all students must complete, and then there are the optional units. Students on the Subsidiary Diploma must complete 2 optional units whilst Diploma students muyst complete 8 optional units to achieve their Diploma.

Entry requirements

No previous study of business is required although students wishing to study this subject will need a minimum GCSE grade C in Maths and English as well as an enthusiasm for business and a good reference showing you have good organisational skills and that you can meet assignment deadlines.

Mandatory Units:

- The Business Enviornment

- Introduction to Marketing

- Business Resources

- Business Communication


Example Optional Units:

- Business Accounting

- Recruitment and Selcetion in Business

- Aspects of Contract and Business Law

- Managing a Business Event

- Starting a Small Business

- Humon Resource Management in Business

- Understanding Business Ethics

- Market Research in Business

- Training in the Business Workplace

- Understanding H&S in the Business Workplace

- Internet Marketing in Business

- Business and the Economic Environment

- International Business

- Aspects of Employment Law


Each unit assignment is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and your overall qualification is also summarised as Pass, Merit or Distinction.


There are four mandatory units and two optional for the Subsidiary Diploma and a total of eight optional units for the Diploma.

Further information

For further information contact Mr F Timothy, Head of Business Studies

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years