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Level 3: BTEC                                                                                                                                        

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirement

GCSE English Language - Level 4:

Year 12

    Unit 1:             Exploring Business  

    Unit 2:             Developing a Marketing Campaign

    Unit 3:             Personal and Business Finance

    Unit 27:           Work Experience in Business

Year 13

    Unit 4:            Managing a Business Event

    Unit 5:            International Business

    Unit 6:            Principles of Management

    Unit 8:            Recruitment and Selection in Business


(The above course is equivalent to one A’ Level which is entitled ‘Extended Certificate’.

This course provides candidates with a critical understanding of the following:
  • Business ownership, organisation and the impact of its external environment
  • Management of human, physical and technological resources, sources of finance and interpretation of financial statements
  • The role of marketing in organisations, marketing research and planning, how and why customer groups are targeted and developing a marketing mix
  • Business information, constraints in the use of information and how to communicate business information
  • Finance for life and work, understanding the constraints and possibilities we face in life both as a worker and a consumer.
  • Purpose of accounting, cash flow forecasting, preparing profit and loss accounts and balance sheets, using ratio analysis
  • The importance of team and team development, leadership skills and attributes and working effectively in teams
  • Recruitment planning, legal requirements, documentation for recruitment, interviewing
  • Role of an event organiser, planning an event, run a business event, follow up after an event
  • Determine production costs and calculating prices, break even analysis, use data to predict performance, use budgetary techniques
  • Present a business idea, skills and development needed to run a business, legal and financial aspects, produce a business proposal
It encourages candidates to acquire a range of important and transferable skills:
  • Data skills - candidates will be expected to manipulate data in a variety of forms and to interpret their results.
  • Presenting arguments and making judgments and justified recommendations on the basis of the available evidence
  • Recognising the nature of problems, solving problems and making decisions using appropriate business tools and methods
  • Planning work, taking into account the demands of the task and the time needed
  • Conducting research into a specific theme in preparation for one or more tasks
  • Challenging their own assumptions using evidence that has become available
Assessment at A Level

54% coursework assignments - set and assessed by us, moderated by the board.

29% controlled assessment - set and marked by the board.

17% exam - set and marked by the board.

Students have to complete 8 Units to Pass. Students are awarded Pass, Merit or Distinction depending on their written, practical or verbal responses to meet specified marking criteria for each unit. The aggregation of these units can lead to Distinction* being awarded.

The Future

This qualification is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related knowledge and skills needed to prepare for employment. It will also provide progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes. They attract UCAS points that equate to A Level qualifications. On successful completion of a BTEC Level 3, Business qualification, a learner can progress to employment and/or continue their study at university.

Further information
Mr J Higgins, Business Curriculum Leader