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.

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.

All students take core units which introduce the fundamentals of business organisations as well as other units from more specialist areas.

Students will take 13 units in total:

  • Exploring business
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal & business finance (exam)
  • Managing an event
  • International business
  • Principles of management
  • Business decision making
  • 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, e.g. memo, report, briefing document
  • Longer written analysis and evaluation
  • Observation sheets from teachers
  • Witness statements

Exam board: Edexcel

Coursework – 58%

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

Formal exam – 11%

What do I need?

5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent international qualifications.

For international students who have taken IELTS, we require an overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 for the writing component.

For international students who have taken IGCSE English (Second Language), we require grade 4 or above.

Whether you are a UK or international student, you must have the motivation to work extremely hard and to meet all deadlines as these are highly intensive courses.


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 two-year September start or five-term January start 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.