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Business BTEC level 3 National Diploma at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

If you are interested in the way businesses are run and managed then BTEC Business is the course for you. BTEC Business will help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills applied in real work contexts required for both employment and progression into higher education.

Business is a dynamic, fast-moving subject based in the real world. You will learn
about how businesses operate and discover that business is always in the news. There is always something going on directly related to what you will be studying, from mergers and takeovers to ethical concerns about supply chains or executive pay.  You will discover how to market a product successfully depending on the target audience and you will learn to analyse the strategies employed by business such as Jaguar Land Rover and Ikea for success.

You will also find out how to motivate people, and look at different ways of leading an organisation. You will discover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma comprises of eight units of work.

You will study four units each year, covering a wide range of different topics.

The units include six core include introductory units such as Exploring business, International business and Principles of management, as well as more specialist ones  which include marketing units and a finance one.  

In addition you will have the opportunity to undertake work experience at the end of the first year. Many of the units are very practical, for example you will have the opportunity to develop your own promotional campaign as well as producing a detailed business plan for a new business idea.

Entry requirements

4C’s at GCSE and preferably a D in GCSE Mathematics OR a Merit in BTEC level 2 Diploma.

Students should have the ability to:

  • work independently as well as part of a team
  • consistently meet deadlines
  • manage their own time

Due to the nature of the programme, 100% attendance is essential, as is the ability to meet deadlines. Students will be expected to produce assignments to a high standard.  Commitment to keep up to date with business and economic affairs through the media is also required.  Students will have to spend approximately 10 hours per week outside of classroom time on work for the course.


BTEC level 3 is assessed through a range of internal and external assessment. Four of the units are externally assessed using either an exam or a controlled assessment. The remainder of the units are assessed through written coursework.

All thof the externally assessed units muct be completed to a minimum of a Pass standard in order for students to successfully complete the course

The final grade for the course is calculated based on the student’s overall performance and is the equivalent to two A levels.

Future opportunities

Studying Business will open your eyes to the wide range of job opportunities available, ranging from finance to marketing to management.

This BTEC is the equivalent to two A levels, so you will be expected to study for another A level alongside it, or pick up a couple of GCSEs. Many of our business students’ progress onto University after leaving St Charles; c70% of BTEC Business students go onto study a business related degree. This ranges from generic courses such as Business Studies and International Business Management to more focused ones such as Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Human Resources Management.

Alternatively you may choose to move onto an apprenticeship.

Further information

As well as learning the theory behind Business Studies you have the opportunity to put this into practice through our Enterprise enrichment.

As part of the Young Enterprise Programme, students have the chance to officially start-up their own company throughout the year. This includes designing websites, creating the product and selling it. This gives students excellent practical experiences of what it would be like to set up and manage your own firm and the students get to keep the net profit!

Students get the opportunity to attend trips to companies such as Goldman Sachs and Barclays to find out what it is like to work in business, as well as attend careers talks with businesses such as Nestle.

Finally, you will go on two weeks work placement at the end of the first year. Previous placements have ranged from Law firms to banks. You will be expected to complete a research project in support of one of your units in the second year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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