The BTEC Business programme has been designed to prepare students for the fast-paced and constantly evolving world of business, ensuring you have the commercial knowledge and skills you need to work in business or establish your own enterprise.

It is particularly suited to those who want a more practical learning experience and it can be taken alongside or instead of A-Levels.

This page focuses on the BTEC Business Level 3 Diploma. This is the vocational equivalent to two A-Levels and is available as a September start course taught over one academic year or a January start course taught over three academic terms.


Our BTEC Business programme will be changing to follow a new specification from September 2020. Whereas we have traditionally offered an exam-free programme, the new specification will include a small exam element in addition to coursework. Please find details of this change in the tabs below.


Students learn to research, give presentations, produce papers and projects, work in teams, develop their communication skills and study a wide range of business topics.  There is feedback at the end of each unit, allowing students to develop a clear sense of how they are progressing.

The structure of the qualification allows a great deal of choice and flexibility. All students take core units which introduce the fundamentals of business organisations as well as other units from more specialist areas.

Students will take 8 units in total, including 6 compulsory units:

  • Exploring business
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal & Business Finance (exam)
  • Managing an event
  • International Business
  • Principles of management

They will also take 2 additional units:

  • Pitching for a New Business
  • Market research



Students could be assessed on:

  • Producing a Business plan
  • Creating a Powerpoint presentation
  • Designing Excel documents
  • Written documents, eg Memo, Report, briefing document
  • Longer written analysis and evaluation
  • Observation sheets from teachers
  • Witness statements

Exam board: Edexcel

Coursework – 55%

Supervised assessment (with pre- released material and research) – 34%

Formal exam – 11%



5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English or international qualifications equivalent to GCSE or above. However there is the opportunity to retake Maths or English GCSE if you have not achieved it. Most importantly you must have the motivation to work extremely hard and to meet all deadlines as these are highly intensive courses.


Q: What is BTEC?

A: It is an internationally recognised qualification from the Edexcel exam board that is respected and accepted by UK employers and universities.

Q: How long is the course?

A: From the extended certificate programme of 16 weeks to the extended diploma of two academic years, the course length depends on your choice of programme.

Q: Can I use a computer for the coursework?

A: Yes, all coursework is produced on a computer. Students are encouraged to bring in their own laptop.


Q: Do I need Microsoft Office on my laptop?

A: Yes


Q: Can I go to university with a BTEC?

A: Yes. For some universities and for some degree courses you will need one A-Level alongside the BTEC Business Level 3 Diploma. However, many universities will accept the BTEC Level 3 Business Extended Diploma on its own with no requirement for an additional A-Level. Some students choose to study the BTEC Business Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma having already completed A levels in order to gain extra UCAS points or as an alternative to retaking an A-Level they have wish to retake.


Q: Can I only study business at university after this course?

A: No. A wide variety of degree courses remain open to you particularly if you choose a certain A Level subject to study alongside the BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma.