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Business Studies Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

What will I be doing?

Throughout your study you will take three business lessons a week during which you will study four different units across the two years of the course. In Year 12 you will study two units which will be assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. If you successfully complete these units then you can progress onto Year 13 to complete the remaining two units which will again be assessed by a combination of coursework and externally assessed units.

You will be taught a variety of business topics across the four units which will be 58% externally assessed and 42% internally assessed giving you an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. There are three mandatory units you will be completing which are ‘Exploring Business’, ‘Developing a Marketing Campaign’ and ‘Personal and Business Finance’ as well as 1 optional unit which will be chosen by your tutor to reflect the strengths of the cohort. Units that can be chosen from include ‘Recruitment’, ‘Customer Service’, ‘Market Research’, ‘English Legal System’ and ‘Work Experience in Business’.

Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance is an externally set traditional paper exam which will require students to have a good understanding of business finance as well as decisions affecting personal financial decision making. Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign is also an externally set unit; however this unit will feature a task set by the exam board and this will then be completed within the school under examination conditions. This task will be externally marked by the exam board. The 2 internally assessed units will feature a range of tasks using real business examples and scenarios to test understanding of the business world.

You will get to participate in discussions, presentations and group work. Independent study is essential on this course as you will need to undertake further reading to supplement and enhance classroom learning especially in the internally assessed coursework units. The units covered are designed to reflect events within the business world so a good understanding of current events is essential.

What’s in the coursework?

There are two coursework units within the course. Unit 1 is a mandatory unit and explores businesses. It will look at features of business, how they are organised, the business environment, business markers and how innovation and enterprise contribute to the success of business. This unit will be assessed by a series of tasks and will require the application of business knowledge within scenarios set by the teaching team based on real businesses. There is also an additional unit of coursework which students will need to complete and this unit will be chosen annually by your tutor. This unit will also be assessed by a series of activities and tasks based on scenarios set by the teaching team.

Entry requirements

Prior knowledge of Business Studies is not essential to progress onto the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business but a C or above in GCSE Business Studies is desirable. You also need 5A*-C grades including English and Maths at GCSE grade 5 to ensure that you are able to understand and then apply many of the business concepts within your work.


What is in the exam?

Unit 2 will consist of a two hour traditional paper exam covering a range of personal and business financial decisions. The exam is divided into two sections with all questions needing to be answered. This exam is available to be sat twice a year.

Unit 3 will consist of a task set by the exam board. The case study will be released to students two weeks prior to the assessment period. During the assessment period students have six hours to complete the tasks set by the exam board based on the pre-release case study.

Regular homework is set and this must be completed to keep up with the demands of the course.

Future opportunities

A BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business will enable you to progress to university as it enables to get UCAS points. You could also progress onto an apprenticeship in a variety of fields or go straight into employment. Many of the skills learnt during this course are in demand by employers such as team work, presentation skills and finance.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years