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Business BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Shenfield High School

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business is a two-year course for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with the view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. The course is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Course content

There are three mandatory units, which are:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance

Units 2 and 3 are externally assessed. Unit 2 is submitted as a written assessment completed within a maximum of 3 hours under controlled conditions and unit 3 is a 2 hour examination that will be sat in the hall. In addition to the above, a further three units will be studied, which will be internally assessed by members of the department. The units selected will be designed to give students a broad understanding of the business environment, from both a practical and academic point of view.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 42 points at GCSE. If you have previously studied Business Studies, you will need to have obtained a grade C in GCSE Business or a Merit at Level 2 BTEC Business. At least a grade D in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE is also necessary.


Written assessments completed in controlled conditions alongside a two hour examination in Personal and Business Finance. External assessment accounts for 58% of the overall qualification.

Future opportunities

At the end of this course you may choose to progress to higher education, apprenticeships or employment within the business environment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years