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BTEC Business Certificate/Extended Certificate (AS/A equivalent) Level 3

In the 21st Century all organisations need to make sure that the people in them are busy organising resources, producing, selling, marketing, managing their staff and managing their finances. Managers must organise these resources to provide goods and services for customers to be successful.

This qualification helps you develop skills, knowledge and the depth of understanding you need to prepare you for entry into employment, promotion if in a job and to gain entry to higher education.

The course is a practical, work-related course and you will initially cover two areas - exploring business and developing a marketing campaign. Those that continue their studies will in the second year study personal and business finance with either selection and recruitment or investigating customer service.

Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

Exam Board: Edexcel


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


A level students will study AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

  • What will I study and learn?

    The extended certificate course attracts the same UCAS point score an A level. You will learn by completing research based investigations, projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands as well visits to real workplaces.

    For the Extended certificate you will study 4 units, 2 are assessed externally (58%).

    The core units are:

    • Exploring Business
    • Developing a Marketing Campaign
    • Personal and Business Finance

    You will also be offered additional units, which may include subjects such as:

    • Recruitment and Selection Process
    • Investigating Customer Services
  • How is the course assessed?

    Your overall mark will be graded Distinction* to Pass.

    The course is assessed by a mixture of internally assessed coursework, pre-seen case studies, controlled assessment and external assessment.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    Business combines well with a range of other A Level subjects including Applied Law and Communication and Culture.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You need to be good at keeping up to date with assignments and presenting your ideas in a clear and well-structured way.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You need to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including GCSE grade 5 in English.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The study of business can be a sound background for many careers. It is also a useful foundation for many careers such as business, government, banking and marketing. Contrary to popular belief, entry onto a business degree is NOT hindered by having studied Business at A Level/BTEC. In fact, many of our students have successfully progressed onto reading law at university and have found it highly advantageous.

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