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Business BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Richard Rose Central Academy

Course description

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A levels. 

Course content

The course has both mandatory and optional content, providing a balance of breadth and depth. The course includes a range of assessment types and styles including externally-assessed units, which use a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of the tasks. Internally-assessed units mean students are set and assessed on assignments that provide the final summative assessment for that unit. Students will also learn a range of employability skills including cognitive and problem-solving skills, intrapersonal skills and interpersonal skills 

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths and English at A*-C grade.


Unit 1 – Mandatory – 90GLH – Exploring Business - Assessment – internal

In this unit learners study the purpose of different business, their structure, the effect of the external environment and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive. Learning Aims include:- exploring the features of different businesses and analyse what makes them successful; investigate how businesses are organised; examine the environment in which businesses operate; examine business markets; investigate the role and contribution of innovation and enterprise to business success. 


Unit 2 – Mandatory – 90 GLH – Develop a Marketing Campaign – Assessment – external

In this unit learners will gain sills relating to an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. Learning Aims include – demonstrating a knowledge and understanding of marketing principles, key terms and data sources and definitions; analysing marketing information and data; evaluating evident to make informed judgements about how a marketing campaign should be planned, developed and adapted in light of changing circumstances; be able to develop a marketing campaign with appropriate justifications. 


Unit 3 – Mandatory – 120 GLH - Personal and Business Finance – Assessment – external

In this unit learners study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance, developing their skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information. Learning Aims include – understanding the importance of managing personal finance; exploring the personal finance sector; understanding the purpose of accounting; selecting and evaluating different sources of business finance; understanding break-even and cash flow forecasts; completing statements of comprehensive income and financial position and evaluating a business’s performance.


Unit 4 – Recruitment and Selection – 60 GLH – Assessment – internal

In this unit learners explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business, it provides the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review their performance. Learning Aims include – examining how effective recruitment and selection contribute to business success; undertake a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes leading to a successful job offer; reflecting on the recruitment and selection process and individual performance. 

Future opportunities

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Rose Central Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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