What is the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma?

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to 1 A-Level and carries the same level of UCAS (university entry points).  It can be studied alongside A-Levels or as a stand-alone course. It is a 6-month course.  It has NO exams.

What will I study?

The course consists of 6 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 business and basic economics)
  • Business Resources (includes financial accounts)
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication

The other two units come from a list of more specialist areas, including Finance, Management, Promotion, Market Research, Setting up a Small Business or 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?

UK students – ideally 5 GCSEs grade C or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English. 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 this is a highly intensive course equivalent to 1 A-Level in six months.


What is BTEC?

It is an internationally recognised qualification from the Edexcel exam board. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to 1 A-Level.


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 6-month 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. You will need 2 A-Levels as well (e.g. For international students an A level in their own language is accepted by some universities). Some students study A-Levels alongside their BTEC whilst others might continue their AS (from last year) to A2. Some students choose the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma if they have already completed A-Levels (or plan to retake them) in order to get extra UCAS points.


Can I only study Business at university after this course?

No. There is a wide variety of degree courses open to you, e.g. Law, philosophy, Fashion, Politics etc