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Business BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at The Archbishop's School

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business has been chosen to provide students with a vocational, practical course that looks at real life situations, and allows students to develop skills and knowledge required in modern day business. The content of the qualification supports progression to higher education or employment in a variety of sectors.


Students will study three mandatory units:

·         Exploring Business

·         Developing a Marketing Campaign

·         Personal and Business Finance


Students will complete one optional unit:

  • Work Experience in Business


There are four other optional units available which may be considered. This would be judged on an individual student basis if it was felt more appropriate than the work experience unit.

Course content

The Exploring Business unit is coursework based which means students are assessed through assignment work.  Learners study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of external factors and what businesses need to do to survive. 


The Marketing unit is assessed externally via a controlled assessment style exam. Students will gain skills relating to how a marketing campaign is developed.


For the Finance unit, students will produce detailed class notes which will be used to revise and develop their understanding in preparation for an external written examination.  Learners study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance.  They will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information.


The Work Experience unit is coursework based, but also includes completing forty hours of appropriate work experience in business and reflecting on their practical workplace skills

Entry requirements

5 A* - C at GCSE including English and Mathematics Merit or Distinction grade for BTEC Level 2 Business would be preferable. Students who have not studied BTEC Business will still be considered.


The Extended Certificate uses a combination of assessment styles:


  • Internal assignments: Work-related assignments set and marked by the student’s teacher.
  • External Tasks: Practical, work-related tasks, set and marked by Edexcel (Pearson).
  • Written exams: Written answers to practical questions set and marked by Edexcel (Pearson).


Lessons will be taught using a number of different methods, which include teacher led lessons, group and individual presentations, interactive tasks, and practical work-related activities. Resources and a comprehensive reading list will be provided for the course units, but students are expected to commit to further reading, to extend their knowledge and understanding of the subject.  Students may have the opportunity to attend conferences, local universities and businesses in order to enhance their understanding of the course.

Future opportunities

The Extended Certificate in Business has been chosen to allow learners to develop their knowledge in a range of areas, where particular interests and career aspirations can be followed. The course enables students to develop essential business skills required for a wide range of employment, including retail, finance, HR, and marketing. The qualification will also enable students to progress on to further/higher qualifications and training.

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: 30 January 2017
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