BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English at a grade 4
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

You will study a range of modules which might include topics such as the economic environment, introduction to marketing and social media, HR management, business law, web design and account management. You will complete case studies, projects, presentations and build a portfolio of work. It is an exciting course choice, on which you will be encouraged to think creatively. This programme will also provide you with strong employability skills  which will set you up for your future career or university study. You will also be required to undertake a work experience placement.

Please note from September 17/18, BTEC programmes are changing. They will now include external assessments.

What will I learn?
  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication
  • Business Accounting
  • Systems Creative Product Promotion
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Development Planning for a Career in Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Developing Teams in Business
  • Aspects of contract and Business Law
  • Aspects of the Legal System and Law-making Process
  • Understanding Health and Safety at Work
  • Understanding Retailing
  • Web Design Strategy
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Understanding Business Ethics
  • Business Markets and the Economy
How will the course be assessed?

Assessments will take the form of assignments including: presentations, reports, discussions and roleplays. The type and content of these assignments will vary depending on the particular units that are being assessed.

They are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. For every assignment you will receive an assignment brief which will clearly outline what you have to do for the assessment and how you can achieve your grades. On the BTEC Extended Diploma your final qualification will show three grades e.g. D*D*D*, DMM, MMP. The 3 grades reflect the fact that your BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Progression onto HE required a minimum MMM grade profile.

Please not from September 17/18, BTEC programmes are changing. They will now include external assessments.


Students are encouraged to enter national competitions, take part in various trips and are invited on the annual Business trip to Madrid.

Materials and other information

You will be invited to take part in a variety of trips and visits, some of such will include a nominal fee.

Progression and Careers

Meet Charlotte Frost 


After achieving a Triple Distinction* in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Business, Charlotte is now studying a Degree in Law at the University of York.

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