What is BTEC Plus?

The course consists of studying the twelve-unit BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma and one A-Level. The course is designed to help students to progress to a variety of courses at university. However, it teaches more than just the academic subjects you need for university. We teach students to think independently, plan their study time effectively and carry out independent research. Students will develop their ability to analyse and evaluate business situations skills and qualities that will stay with them and boost future careers.

What will I study?

The BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma consists of 12 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.

The structure of the qualification allows a great deal of choice and flexibility. All students take four core units which introduce the fundamentals of business organisations:

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

The other eight units come from a list of more specialist areas, including Finance, Management, Promotion, Market Research, Setting up a Small Business and Human Resources.

Students choose one A-Level from mathematics, psychology, photography and film studies to study alongside the BTEC, basing their choice on their preferred area of business and aptitude.

What will I gain from studying the subject?

With the combination of your BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma and A-Level qualifications you can study a variety of subjects at leading UK and international universities. Recent BTEC Plus students have chosen to study business or management at universities such as King’s College London, Surrey, Manchester and Liverpool, whilst others have gone on to study anthropology, politics, international relations, engineering, music management and fashion communication at a variety of universities, including UCL, Exeter, Royal Holloway and Reading.

Students at Oxford Sixth Form College apply to UK universities through the UCAS process and staff are available to give the advice you need to make the best choice.

Universities in the UK make offers to students based on the qualifications being studied, each grade has a potential number of points. The university will make an offer based on the total points expected or on specific grades.

How is it assessed?

The BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma is 100% coursework. There are NO exams.

Each unit carries the same weight.

Exam board: Edexcel 

For assessment of the A-Level subject you study alongside the BTEC, please refer to the relevant subject page in the A-Level section of the website.

What do I need?

Students ideally need 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English or international qualifications equivalent to GCSE. International students need a minimum of IELTS (Academic) 5.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in writing. Students must have the motivation to work extremely hard and to meet all deadlines as BTEC Plus is a highly intensive course equivalent to 3 A-Levels in one year.



What is BTEC?

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

How long is the BTEC Plus course?

It is a 1 year intensive course that starts in September of each year.

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 and your study of an A-Level alongside the BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma enables you to apply to a range of universities for a range of different degree courses.