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Business Level 3 BTEC at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

The course is specially designed to allow students to study vocationally. This means it is work related where ever possible, but provides the same value as conventional A Level qualifications. It places heavy emphasis on skills which are required by employers, such as time management and team working. it is. therefore, aimed equally at students who wish to move into a career after further education, and those who wish to study at a higher level. 

Course content

Teachers on the course are interested in your ability to seek out information from the real world and analyse and present it. A variety of teaching styles are used and there is ample opportunity for students to take increased responsibility for their own learning. Students will develop their time management skills as they will need to meet assignment deadlines. Qualities of self-motivation, independent research and planning are also key to success on the course. Students will demonstrate what they have learnt through case studies, role plays, reports, presentations, guest speakers and visits to local businesses. 


Entry requirements

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, otherwise will be added to your programme of study.

Willingness to participate in business visits. Willingness to participate in Young Enterprise. Ability to meet deadlines. Basic IT skills.


There are a variety of different assessment styles:

  • Practical and written assignments which are internally assessed
  • Written task set and marked by the awarding body
  • Written exam set and marked by the awarding body
The National Certificate can be studied in the first year and is the equivalent to 0.5 of an A Level. Students can then progress to the National Extended Certificate which is the equivalent of 1 A Level. 
First year students who want to study Business at a more in depth level can study the National Foundation Diploma which is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. In the second year students can progress to the National Extended Diploma which is equivalent to 3 A levels. 
Awards are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction' (star) which are determined by an accumulation of points gained from all the assessed work. 

Financial information

Compulsory attendance at business visits as required: £35

Future opportunities

The qualification can be used for admission to degree level courses or to begin a career in a business related career. All of the career opportunities open to A level students are also available to Level 3 Vocational students.

Further information

Resources and Facilities 
• Internet access, interactive ICT resources and DVDs
• Business visits
• Extensive student support 
Enrichment Activities 
Putting theory into practice is an important part of the course. Recent visits to local businesses are Cadbury World, Westons Cider, Worcester Bosch, Aztec Waterpark and Silverstone Race Circuit. The College has dose links with some of the major employers in the area and students will spend time on company premises meeting managers to find out how the business works. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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