BTEC National Level 3 in Business Studies


Exam board:                Edexcel

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

Course description:

You will study FOUR units each year EIGHT in total. This course is equivalent to TWO A Levels  Two pieces will be externally assessed and set by the examining body, One unit takes the form a formal external 1.5 hour Exam and 5 pieces of coursework  will be assessed internally.

The course is ideally suited to those students whose strengths lie in coursework rather than in formal examinations although there are two examined units.

Examples of units covered in Y12 & Y13

Exploring Business                    Examining a range of businesses, their ownership and organisation

Business Resources                   Focusing on how human and physical resources are managed

Developing a Marketing Exploring marketing in organisations


Personal and Business Finance  Analysing different types of business information

Managing an Event                   Creating a campaign for a chosen organisation

International Business               Investigating business internationally

Principles of management         Explore theories and concepts behind business.

The course lasts two years and is demanding in terms of coursework required.  The course is equivalent to two A-Levels. 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.

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