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Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Business

Over a two year course you will develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Project Management and Leadership Skills.  Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course progress onto Higher Education or employment in the business sector.


Year One:

Covers foundation subjects related to all businesses, whether private sector (profit making), public sector (Government funded) or voluntary sector (charity).

Types of business, business functions and internal/ external influences on business, marketing and promotion, retail store merchandising, management of business resources, finance, leadership and teamwork, business communications and business ethics.

Year Two:

Covers the learning of specialised subjects such as employment law, economics, project management, international business, internet and e-commerce, human resource management, retail and distribution and the English legal system

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalents).

N.B. GCSEs must include maths and/or English at grade C in one and no less than a grade D in the other – preferably grade C in both. If a student has a D in either maths or English, they will be timetabled to re-take GCSE in that subject.

How will I be assessed?

Teaching and learning activities will involve teacher instruction and team working led by students, as well as significant amounts of individual research and discussion to develop employability skills, business skills and social skills.

Numerous contemporary businesses linked to assigned scenarios are used to allow students to demonstrate the application of their knowledge in real business settings. Stretch and challenge activities are used to encourage learners to develop their evaluation and judgement skills.

The assessment methods chosen vary greatly and reflect the types of communications used daily in business such as reports, presentations, debates, podcasts, meetings and also include practical involvement in activities such as market research and the managing of a business team event activity.

Strict deadlines for assignment criteria that cover Pass, Merit and Distinction are established and students are required to complete work to a high standard to achieve these criteria in order to obtain high grades.

Progression Pathway

There are a wide range of progression opportunities that you can pursue after completing this course.

You could go on to gain a role in a small or large organisation, start your own business or become a specialist in a particular area such as:

  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Retail and Sales
  • Personnel Development
  • Administration

Those who choose to enter the world of work immediately after the course have engaged in numerous business opportunities, including the BAE Management Trainee Programme, Apprenticeships with Lancashire Police and a variety of accounting firms.

Alternatively, completing the Level 3 in Business offers a plethora of future opportunities both through university and Apprenticeship programmes. The majority of students choose to go on to university to study a wide variety of related topics including:

  • Business Studies
  • Business Management
  • Project Management
  • Retail and Merchandising
  • Law
  • Accounting
  • Marketing