BTEC Level 3 Business

What do I need to study the course?

What do I need to study the course?

A minimum of 5 GCSE grades A* - C. You do not need to have studied GCSE Business or Economics to take this course.


What does the course involve?


A Level Business is a new addition to the choices available for students wishing to study Business in the sixth form. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.


You will gain an understanding of business organisations, how they are managed, the internal working of a business and the markets they serve. You will develop an awareness of how business affects us all and how the environment in which we live impacts upon business. Key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation are covered throughout the course.



You will study the following main topic areas.


AS Level:

  1. What is business?
  2. Managers, leadership and decision making.
  3. Decision making to improve marketing performance.
  4. Decision making to improve operational performance.
  5. Decision making to improve financial performance.
  6. Decision making to improve human resource performance



A2 Level:

  1. Analysing the strategic position of a business.
  2. Choosing strategic direction.
  3. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.
  4. Managing strategic change.


What next?

Business provides access to a wide range of degree courses in higher educational establishments or employment, opening up opportunities for careers in Accountancy; Business Management; Economics; Finance; Law; Marketing and Journalism—not forgetting entrepreneurship.


Examination board: AQA

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business


What do I need to study this course?

Prior knowledge of Business Studies is not required. However, students who have studied GCSE Business are advised to have achieved at least grade C in the subject. Due to the financial content of the course, students are advised to have achieved a grade 5 in Mathematics at GCSE and at least 4 in GCSE English Language.


This course does require a more “outgoing” personality. You will have to conduct in-depth research into different businesses, including interviewing key workers and consumers; delivering formal presentations and running enterprise ventures.


What does the course involve?

The Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business provides an exciting insight into the dynamic world of business, developing many of the skills that are required to be successful in enterprise or industry. The units studied focus on the fundamental concepts that employers and universities ask for, including marketing, finance and human resources. More importantly, the course focuses on applied learning, bringing together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills and always approached using real and relevant business scenarios and examples.


Course Content and Assessment

  • Unit 1 - Exploring Business (25%) – An internally assessed unit investigating the fundamental principles of Business.
  • Unit 2 - Developing a Marketing Campaign (25%) – An externally set and assessed task that is completed under supervised conditions.
  • Unit 3 - Personal and Business Finance (33.3%) – An externally assessed written exam taken in Year 13.
  • Unit 8 - Recruitment and Selection Process (16.6%) – A final optional unit that is internally assessed and is selected from a range of topics.


The course is designed to promote active learning and achievement and is highly practical and industry focused. You are required to work independently and carry out your own research and investigations. Due to the varied assessment methods including internal, externally set tasks and an externally set exam, study methods are varied and highly appropriate to the unit being studied.


What next?

The course effectively equips students to follow a wide range of progression options. This could include a degree or diploma in Business, Management, Finance, Marketing or Human Relations. Equally, the course provides the basis for a wealth of employment or apprenticeship opportunities including Accountancy, Management, Retail, Marketing and Human Resources.

Links & Resources

Abbey Multi Academy Trust,

c/o Chapter House,

Abbey Grange Church of England Academy,

Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 257877

Bishop Young Academy

Bishops Way



LS14 6NU


Tel: 0113 273 9100  Fax: 0113 273 4216

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