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BTEC Level 3 In Business at Wadebridge School

Course description

BTEC Level 3 Certificate (AS equivalent)

Students complete 3 pieces of coursework in their first year. In Year 12 you will study 3 units which all carry equal weighting of 10 credits. 

  • Unit 1    Business Environment. Knowledge of a range of business organisations.
  • Unit 2   Business Resources. Learn about a range of human, physical, technological and financial resources required in an organisation.
  • Unit 3    Introduction To Marketing. Understand how marketing, research and planning and the marketing mix are used by all organisations.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (A2 equivalent)

Students complete 3 pieces of coursework if they wish to achieve the full Subsidiary Diploma. In Year 13 you will study a further 3 units which all carry equal weighting of 10 credits.

  • Unit 4    Business Communication. Learn about the collection and management of business information.
  • Unit 5   Starting A Small Business. How to set up and run your own business from a financial, legal and marketing perspective.
  • Unit 6    Market Research.  Why businesses collect data about their market, how they collect and interpret it.

Entry requirements

Students will have to meet deadlines set by Business teachers but can do this at their own pace rather than having to perform to the time constraints of an exam. They will need to be highly organised to keep on top of their coursework and enjoy independent research using a variety of sources.  Students will therefore need to meet the Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria, including Maths, English and a Science at GCSE if they intend to study the course.


  • Analysing the requirements of the performance criteria.
  • Individual work with the teacher on how to improve work to meet the next grade boundary.
  • Group and individual work on presentations and role plays.
  • Practical activities e.g. mini investigations.
  • Using web sites to keep up to date with recent research

Future opportunities

BTEC Nationals in Business provide an introduction to the sector for learners looking to build a career in Business through resource management, marketing, finance, customer services and Business communication.  They also offer direct progression into Higher Education.

On a BTEC course you will develop critical thinking and analytical skills, alongside familiarity with evaluative techniques; self-reliance, initiative and the ability to manage time, projects and resources. These attributes are much sought after by employers.

Further information

Independent Study Time:  
When studying the BTEC way, progress is measured throughout their course, allowing the student to gauge their own performance on a continuing basis, just like in a real workplace. For many learners, the BTEC route with all work assessed through the year and no final exams could be the better option. Students will be expected to use their study time to work on their own assignments.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wadebridge School directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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