Business Studies (BTEC)

Business Studies (BTEC)

National Extended Certificate/Diploma

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

BTEC Business is a hands on vocational qualification that allows you understand the fundamentals of business organisations. The four core units give you an introduction to and understanding of business activity, management of resources, marketing and communication – all fundamental to the success of business organisations. Dependent on the qualification you chose (Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma), optional units to study will cover events management, business ethics, economics and teamwork.

  1. Exploring Business (Both)
  2. Developing a Marketing Campaign (Both)
  3. Personal and Business Finance (Both)
  4. Managing an Event (D)
  5. International Business (D)
  6. Principles of Management (D)
  1. Recruitment and Selection Process
  2. Investigating Customer Service

9. Team Building in Business

10. Recording Financial Transactions

11. Final Accounts for PLC’s

12. Financial Statements for business

13. Cost and Management Accounting

15. Investigating Retail Business

Assessment Criteria

Size & Structure

  • Equivalent in size to one A Level
  • 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external
  • Mandatory content (83%)
  • External assessment (58%)

Summary Purpose

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

Size & Structure 

  • Equivalent in size to two A Levels
  • 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external
  • Mandatory content (83%)
  • External assessment (46%)

Summary Purpose 

The Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for learners who want a strong core of sector study. This programme may include other BTEC Nationals or A Levels to support progression to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment. The additional qualification(s) studied allow learners either to give breadth to their study programme by choosing a contrasting subject, or to give it more focus by choosing a complementary subject. This qualification can also be used to progress to Higher Apprenticeships.

  • Exam Board Pearson
  • Course Code 601/7155/8
  • AS Available no
  • Entry Requirements 4 GCSE’s at Grade 5
  • Exam Papers 0
  • Course Work no
  • Prior Study Optional

Course Progression

Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme. This qualification also develops many transferable skills including business, literacy, numeracy, organisation and communication. The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the business sector.

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