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Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Level 3 BTEC Pearson EDEXCEL at Grey Court School

Course description

The BTEC is designed for students who wish to know how to start up a business or social enterprise. The qualification has been developed in partnership with the National Enterprise Academy (NEA), in consultation with entrepreneurs and business people and requires students to start up and run a fully functioning legal business to develop their entrepreneurial skills. It encourages students to focus on their own self development through the start-up process ensures that they interact with entrepreneurs and business people throughout the course so that they can learn from experienced professionals.


Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of Enterprise, to understand that businesses can be looked at from a range of perspectives and that entrepreneurs challenge existing businesses.



What’s different?

Studying Enterprise and Entrepreneurship gives you the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification. It enables you to understand enterprise and entrepreneurship and to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

Course content

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship is structured into four Units.


In Year 12 students are introduced to Units 1 & 2 through building knowledge of core enterprise concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how entrepreneurs work in the business world. Students will studying the following units:

Unit 1: Enterprise & Entrepreneurs
Learners study enterprise and the mind-set of entrepreneurs, exploring the risks, opportunities and constraints of starting an enterprise.

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
Learners will gain skills relating to, and an understanding of, how a marketing campaign is developed.


In Year 13 students will develop their knowledge and skills further by studying the following units


Unit 3: Personal & Business Finance

Learners study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. They will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information.


Unit 7: Social Enterprise

Learners research and develop an understanding of organisations trading for social purposes, gaining practical experience in planning and running a short social enterprise activity.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s at Grade 9-4 including maths and English language. Plus a Merit at BTEC level 2 or grade 4 at GCSE Business if taken.


The first two units studied in Year 12 are both coursework related.

  • Unit 1: Enterprise & Entrepreneurs - This unit is Internally Assessed via an assignment.
  • Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign - This unit is Externally Assessed under supervised exam conditions (similar to a Controlled Assessment in GCSE). See below for more details:
    • Students will take the formal Pearson Unit 2 Assessment in May.
    • Task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
    • Learners will be provided with a case study two weeks prior to a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research
    • The supervised assessment period is a maximum of 3 hours and can be arranged over a number of sessions in a period timetabled by Pearson. Written submission
    • 70 Marks
    • Students can only resit once in January of Year 13!



Year 13


The second two units studied in Year 13 are an external exam and a coursework unit.


  • Unit 3: Personal & Business Finance - This unit is Externally Assessed by a written examination set by Pearson that lasts.
    • Students will take the formal Pearson Unit 3 Exam in January of Year 13.
    • Written examination set by Pearson
    • 2 hours
    • 100 marks
    • Students can only resit Unit 3 once in May/June of Year 13!


  • Unit 7: Social Enterprise - This unit is Internally Assessed via an assignment.

Future opportunities

This BTEC Level 3 will get you started in business and give you the skills and knowledge to progress to higher education, run your own business or pitch for employment. When studied with other Level 3 qualifications learners can progress into higher education on combined courses. Students can also progress to Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as business administration, marketing, accounting, sales or enterprise. The qualification will also give learners the skills to enter the self-employed market e.g. the ‘gig economy’.


Enrichment opportunities:

Young Enterprise Company Programme, Trip to the Branding Museum, business visits and seminars.


What skills will I need for this course?

To have literacy and numeracy skills. To be able to organise work and complete all coursework to a set deadline. The ability to be able to produce work in the format expected.


What courses would combine well with this subject?

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship combines well with a wide range of subjects including business, mathematics, science, languages and humanities based A-Levels

Further information

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: 28 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: E&E BTEC