What is the BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Diploma?

The BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Diploma provides a great alternative to A-Levels for students who want a more practical learning experience. It is the vocational equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is available as a September start course taught over two academic years or a January start course taught over five academic terms.


Our BTEC Business programme will be changing to offer 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.

However, students enrolling onto the programme before 24th July 2020 will be able to take the old specification*, which is 100% coursework. To make an enquiry, please contact our Admissions team.

*Subject to availability – last few places remaining

What will I study?

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.

We also take students to visit different companies so that they can see everything they have learned applied in a real-life business situation.

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.


For enrolments before 24th July 2020

Students will take 18 units in total, including 4 core units:

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication

They will also take 14 units from more specialist area such as finance, management, promotions, market research, business enterprise, and human resources.


For enrolments after 24th July 2020:

Students will take 13 units in total, including 7 compulsory units:

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

They will also take 6 additional units. These include:

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Investigating Customer service
  • Creative Product Promotion
  • Pitching for a New Business
  • Training and Development
  • Market research


How is it assessed?

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

For enrolments before 24th July 2020

100% coursework. There are NO exams.

Each unit carries the same weight.


For enrolments after 24th July 2020

Coursework – 58%

Supervised assessment (with pre- release material and research) – 31%

Formal exam – 11%

What do I need?

Ideally 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English or international equivalents to GCSE. International students will need a minimum of IELTS (Academic) 5.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 for writing. Most importantly you must have the motivation to work extremely hard and to meet all deadlines as this is an intensive course.


What is BTEC?

It is an internationally recognised qualification from the Edexcel exam board that is accepted and respected by UK employers and universities. The BTEC Level 3 Business Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels.


How is it graded?

It is graded as Distinction* (=A* at A level), Distinction (=A at A level), Merit (=C at A level) and Pass (= E at A level).


How long is the course?

It is a five-term September or January start intensive course.


Can I use a computer for the coursework?

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


Do I need Microsoft Office on my laptop?



Can I go to university with a BTEC?

Yes. 95% of UK universities accept the BTEC Level 3 Business Extended Diploma on its own for business and management courses and for many other degree courses.