Business Studies BTEC (Level 3)


It is not essential that the subject has been studied at GCSE. However, if studied at GCSE, then a grade 4 or above should have been achieved.


This course will consist of the following:

Extended Certificate
Three mandatory units will be studied and one optional unit will be chosen, covering topics such as marketing, finance and the external environment.

This course will consist of two of the mandatory units: exploring business and developing a marketing campaign. 


 In Year 12 students complete two units to gain the Certificate, consisting of:
  • board set assignment on developing a marketing campaign completed at the end of Year 12.
  • a coursework unit on exploring business completed during the year.

In Year 13 students complete two additional units to gain the Extended Certificate, consisting of:

  • an examined unit on personal and business finance completed in January to give a re-sit opportunity in June.
  • an additional coursework unit completed during the year

Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes.

  • to achieve a 'pass' a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria
  • to achieve a ' merit' a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria
  • to achieve a 'distinction' a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria

The coursework units will be both internally and externally moderated.



BTEC Nationals have been running in schools since 1984. Their purpose, approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are established and understood by teaching professionals, employers and learners. Students are able to gain the whole range of grades and can use these qualifications to progress onto higher education courses or into the world of work.  BTEC business combines well with many other subjects, in particular French, German, English languages, geography and design. However, as many university courses now contain a business element, BTEC business will combine with any subject at A level.