Business BTEC

Gumley House School


Business BTEC Level 3

Business at The SIXTH

Introduction by Subject Specialist:

Exam Board:   Edexcel
Entry Criteria:   Grade 4 at GCSE.  
This course takes up 2 of your 3 courses studied in the Sixth Form.  In addition to Applied Business, you would need to study one A Level course of your choice, assuming you have achieved the grade required to study that A Level.

Why study this course?
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business is an Applied general qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the business sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels, normally taken
alongside a further Level 3 qualification. 

What will I learn?

The qualification will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the business sector that will prepare you for further study or training. This includes the opportunity to choose two units from a selection of options to supplement the mandatory units which reflect the key topics in Business:
•  Marketing
•  Business Environments
•  International Business
•  Management
•  Finance

How will I be taught?

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. The three main forms of assessment that you need to
be aware of are external, internal and synoptic. You will be taught through a combination of discussion, activity based problem solving tasks, independent research, responding to a wide range of case studies, role play, business report writing and visits to and by industry experts.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

You are required to spend at least six hours doing private study per week to consolidate your learning and learn how to apply subject knowledge to different contexts.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You are interested in the world of business and wish to pursue a career or a university degree course in Business, Finance, Economics or the Social Sciences.

Course Description

The programme aims to provide students withan in-depth understanding of the operations andstructures of businesses and also to equip students with the skills required to succeed in employment or at university. The course will involve businesses in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Topics include:

•  Exploring Business
•  Developing a Marketing Campaign
•  Personal and Business Finance
•  Event Management
•  Pitching a New Business
•  Principles of Management
•  International Business
•  Recruitment and Selection
•  Team Building in Business
•  Digital Marketing


720 Guided Learning Hours (950 TQT). Equivalent in size to two A Levels. Students must complete eight separate units. There are 26 units offered, though completion of six of these are mandatory, the other two are optional from the criteria given. 

Three units are externally assessed units, based on pre-released case studies and taken under exam conditions (45%).
Five units are internally assessed as coursework (55%).

For more information, contact Mrs Windmill