Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel At least four Grades 4-9 at GCSE Mr G Durr

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is regarded as equivalent in level to 3 A levels; as such it can lead to university courses as well as further education. The Diploma provides both a broad foundation of business education and a firm basis for specialism in a selected avenue of business activity. The BTEC National Diploma cannot be combined with A levels.

A BTEC National Diploma is a practical, work-related course within the field of business. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This course is 60% internal assignments (coursework) and 40% external assessments (exams) making it a tougher qualification than its earlier versions. It may be attractive to students who are less confident when it comes to exams. It is not suitable for pupils who find it difficult to cope with coursework.

Thirteen units will be completed over the two year course:

  • Unit 1 - Exploring Business,
  • Unit 2 - Developing a Marketing Campaign,
  • Unit 3 - Personal and Business Finance,
  • Unit 4 -Managing an Event,
  • Unit 5 - International Business,
  • Unit 6 -Principles of Management,
  • Unit 7 - Business Decision Making (2, 6 & 7),
  • Unit 9 - Team Building in Business,
  • Unit 18 - Creative Promotion,
  • Unit 19 - Pitching for a New Business,
  • Unit 21 - Training and Development,
  • Unit 22 - Market Research,
  • Unit 27 - Work Experience in Business

An essential component of the course is a two-week work experience where students can see at first hand many of the practical applications of work done in class.



60% of units are internally assessed and graded by teachers. 40% of units are externally assessed under examination conditions. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.


Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

BTEC National Diplomas are valued by employers and lead to career opportunities in business specialisms such as finance, human resources, management or marketing, as well as other business related careers. Learners may also progress within employment to professional qualifications such as those offered by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Learners may further progress into higher education degree courses or BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma courses in Business. Association of Accounting Technicians and Chartered Institute of Personnel.