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Business BTEC Level 3 Certificate at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

In the 21st Century all organisations need to make sure that the people in them are busy organising resources, producing, selling, marketing, managing their staff and managing their finances. Managers must organise these resources to provide goods and services for customers to be successful.

This qualification helps you develop skills, knowledge and the depth of understanding you need to prepare you for entry into employment, promotion if in a job and to gain entry to higher education.

The course is a practical, work-related course and you will initially cover two areas - exploring business and developing a marketing campaign. Those that continue their studies will in the second year study personal and business finance with either selection and recruitment or investigating customer service.

Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course content

The extended certificate course attracts the same UCAS point score an A level. You will learn by completing research based investigations, projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands as well visits to real workplaces.

For the Extended certificate you will study 4 units, 2 are assessed externally (58%).

The core units are:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance

You will also be offered additional units, which may include subjects such as:

  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Investigating Customer Services

Entry requirements

You need to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including GCSE grade 5 in English.


Your overall mark will be graded Distinction* to Pass.

The course is assessed by a mixture of internally assessed coursework, pre-seen case studies, controlled assessment and external assessment.

Future opportunities

The study of business can be a sound background for many careers. It is also a useful foundation for many careers such as business, government, banking and marketing. Contrary to popular belief, entry onto a business degree is NOT hindered by having studied Business at A Level/BTEC. In fact, many of our students have successfully progressed onto reading law at university and have found it highly advantageous.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2017
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