BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels and carries the same level of UCAS university entry points as three A-Levels. It is available at Oxford Sixth Form College as a two-year, September start or five-term, January start, course.
What will I study?
The course consists of 18 units that are assessed in-College by the tutors; there are no external exams. 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
All students take four core units which introduce the fundamentals of business:
- The Business Environment (includes structure of businesses and basic economics)
- Business Resources (includes financial accounts)
- Introduction to Marketing
- Business Communication
The other 14 units come from a list of more specialist areas, including Finance, Management, Promotion, Market Research, Setting up a Small Business, international business, economics and Human Resources.
How is it assessed?
100% coursework. There are NO exams.
Each unit carries the same weight.
Exam board: Edexcel
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 two-year, September start, standard length or five-term, 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. However, some universities will require an A-Level in addition to BTEC and if you are considering a degree course not related to business visit the BTEC Plus section of our website.