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Business and Management - Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Parkside Sixth

Course description

This BTEC is a two-year programme of Business Studies which leads to a Level 3 qualification that is recognised by a wide range of universities and employers. 

You will study intensively for the equivalent of three days a week on a variety of units designed to give you an all-round insight into the different aspects of the business world. 

The teaching for this will take place in the Eden Centre and on the Parkside campus.

The main aims of this BTEC programme are to:

  • provide full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the business sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Business or Business/Business Management degrees.
  • provide learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Course content

What is in the curriculum?
The curriculum focuses on the all-round business skills and knowledge required in today’s competitive world of business.  It consists of seven mandatory core units and a range of specialist units which together provide a total of 1080 guided learning hours.  The course will give students a broad introduction to Business Studies so they can embark upon a career path which most suits them or move on to further study.  To provide students with this broad introduction, we have carefully selected specialist units from the following areas:  finance, economics, marketing, human resources, management and administration, law, ethics, enterprise and website design. 
What will I study?
The course consists of seven compulsory units plus six specialist units.
The seven mandatory subjects provide essential background knowledge that will allow students to further explore the world of business.
Exploring Business
Developing a Marketing Campaign
Personal and Business Finance
Managing an Event
International Business
Principles of Management
Business Decision Making 
In addition, students have a range of specialist units taken from the following areas:
Human Resources Units
Recruitment and Selection 
Management Units
Team building in Business
Marketing Units
Creative Promotion
Finance and Accounting Units
Management Accounting
Law Units
Aspects of Employment Law
Finally, the Work Experience in Business Unit allows students to investigate what their ideal career might be and the steps that they will need to take to succeed.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C/4 or above, including English and Maths.

If you would like to take an additional IB subject alongside your BTEC, e.g. Economics you will need to have a C/5 (for Standard level) or B/6 (for Higher level) in a related subject.

A paper copy of the prospectus can be obtained by phoning the Sixth Form Administrator on 01223 712600.


The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is assessed through coursework (internally marked and externally verified), assignments for three units that are set by Exam Board and externally marked as well as one exam which is based on the unit Personal and Business Finance.

We believe that the best way of learning is by taking a practical approach. We have therefore worked hard to ensure that the course realistically reflects the world of business and gives you hands-on commercial experience.  Many of the units in the specialist areas of enterprise, marketing, finance and accounting, and management will be run directly alongside the following activities:
Business students will have the opportunity to enter into the Young Enterprise Company Programme to set up a real company and trade with the public.  This is an amazing way of experiencing business first-hand within the structure provided by the Young Enterprise organisation.  
In addition to the Business Advisor provided by Young Enterprise, students will be given the opportunity to access advice and guidance on coursework from their very own business mentors from a range of local companies including Grant Thornton and Cambridge Building Society. We also have business links with the Grafton Centre management suite for our Understanding Retailing unit. 
As a school, we are part of the Business in the Community’s Business Class and work closely with our business partner, Cambridge Building Society, to enhance the learning experience on your BTEC Business course.  
A one-week work placement at the end of Year 12 give you the chance to experience business outside of the classroom!

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: 16 October 2017
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