Course: BTEC National Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma) in Business Studies (double award – equivalent to 2 A-Levels)


Exam board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: A*-C Business GCSE / L2 BTEC desirable

Course description:

You will study three units each year. Two pieces will be internally assessed and the examining body will assess one piece.

The course is ideally suited to those students whose strengths lie in coursework rather than in formal examinations.

Units covered in Y12

  • The Business Environment: Examining a range of businesses, their ownership and organisation
  • Business Resources: Focusing on how human and physical resources are managed
  • Introduction to Marketing: Exploring marketing in organisations

Units covered in Y13

  • Business Communication: Analysing different types of business information
  • Creative Product Promotion: Creating a marketing campaign for a chosen organisation
  • Recruitment and Selection: Investigating recruitment in business

The course lasts two years – you cannot drop the course at the end of Year 12. The course is equivalent to an A-Level. A distinction in this BTEC is equivalent to an A grade at A-Level.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career.

BTEC Business is a course that when chosen with a good combination of subjects, could open many doors. Most employers and universities want to be assured that potential candidates are able to contextualise information and apply knowledge and theory.

The vocational aspect of the course lends itself to practical application where each unit is contextualised into current business scenarios; allowing students to develop their ‘real ‘ knowledge of business.

Students go on to good universities having completing the course whereas others may use their grades to opt for an apprenticeship scheme.

Contact Name: Ms R Gill