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.

New Specification from September 2020

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.

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.

Students choose one A-Level from the following subjects to study alongside the BTEC, basing their choice on their preferred area of business and aptitude.

Art & Design (Fine Art)
Art & Design (Photography)
Art & Design (Textiles)
History of Art 
Computer Science


For enrolments before 24th July 2020

Students will take 12 units in total, including 4 core units:

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

They will also take 8 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 6 units in total, including 6 compulsory units:

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

They will also take 2 optional units, choosing from:

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

What will I gain from studying the subject?

With the combination of your BTEC Business Level 3 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?

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 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.

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 – 55%

Supervised assessment (with pre- release material and research) – 34%

Formal exam – 11%

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.