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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business at Challenge College

Course description

The BTEC Nationals in Business are designed to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for progression into employment or further educational opportunities.They also offer a possible progression route from the accredited BTEC Firsts in Business.

The BTEC Nationals in Business are specialist qualifications that focus on a vocational area which can be used as a 'full-time' programme of learning.

They are designed to equip individuals with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for a range of roles in organisations within the business sector including administration, finance/accounts, marketing, management, human resources and law. The qualifications also enable progression to BTEC Higher Nationals or undergraduate degree qualifications and professional occupations in the business world.

These qualifications will:

1) develop a range of skills, knowledge and personal qualities essential for career development and progression within the business and related sectors
2) provide learners with the appropriate knowledge and skills including administration, finance, marketing, health and safety, legal and customer service.
3) contribute towards the knowledge, understanding and skills requirements for a range of level 3 NVQs
4) focus on the practical application of knowledge and the development of the work related skills required for employment in the business and other related sectors.

Course content

The course is made up of six units - four core units which everyone takes and two specialist units which explore particular topics in more depth. In the first year, students will take these 3 units:

Exploring Business Activity
Investigating Business Resources
Effective People, Communication and Information

Entry requirements

At least 5A* to C at GCSE including English Language and Maths


All units are internally assessed and graded by teachers. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction

Future opportunities

BTEC National Awards are valued by employers and higher education (universities and colleges).

The Award supports learners in applying for jobs in business-related careers such as accounting, administration, customer service, finance, IT, personnel or sales.

Students may then progress to university or college for degree or a BTEC Higher National course in Business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Challenge College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years