The Extended Certificate in this course is delivered at both sites. This is equivalent to one A-level.

Examination Board

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Business

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Entry Criteria

A grade 5 in English and Mathematics and GCSE Business grade 5 recommended.


There are two main forms of assessment on the course: external and internal.

Externally-assessed units

Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. Learners are permitted to resit external assessments during their programme.

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Business suite are:

  • examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Internally-assessed units

For internally assessed units learners could be given opportunities to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes

Why you should study Business Studies

Business Studies is an exciting and varied subject which offers successful candidates a wide range of choice at both undergraduate study and in the world of work.

During the course you will study a wide range of topics, including marketing and advertising, finance and accountancy, the world of work and micro and macro-economic theory.

The course is designed to develop skills which can be applied in the workplace, and places an emphasis on promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise activity.

Course Content

The course is equivalent in size to one A Level.

4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.

Mandatory content (83%).

External assessment (58%).

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Skills Developed, Progression and Possible Future Careers

Business Studies is a very popular choice at undergraduate level, and there are many ways in which you could continue your studies. You may choose to study Business in combination with another subject, or as a specific choice on its own. You may also choose to specialise in an area of study that you find interesting or that suits your career choice (such as marketing, finance or human resource management).

Many Business Studies courses are sandwich courses, which combine three years of study with a one-year placement in industry.

You may choose to take the direct employment route on the completion of your A ‘Level, and there are a wide range of apprenticeships and jobs-with-training that are available both locally and further afield.

Students who have studied with us are now working in accountancy, business administration, human resource management, public relations, project management, teaching, and commodities trading, to name but a few.