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Enterprise and Entrepreneurship BTEC Level 3 (A Level equivalent)

The course is designed for those who are interested in learning about enterprise and entrepreneurship alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in enterprise-related subjects. It attracts the same UCAS point score as one A Level. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

The full tite of this course is Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (NQF).

Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme, but it may not be combined with BTEC level 3 in Business.

Exam Board: Pearson


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 a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.

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

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?

    You will study three mandatory units covering the following areas: 

    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurs
    • Personal and Business Finance
    • Developing a Marketing Campaign 


    In the 2nd year you will also study either:

    • Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship in Practice, or
    • Social enterprise


    There are opportunities for you to complete work placement and employment related activities as well as transferable skills which are highly regarded by higher education providers and employers.

    The course is assessed through a combination of coursework, examination and externally assessed controlled assessment.

  • How is the course assessed?

    All assessment is by coursework assignment. This may involve written work, presentations and role plays.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    This course must be studied as part of an A Level study programme, but it may not be combined with BTEC level 3 in Business. 

  • Are there ant costs involved?

    No specific costs – usual for textbooks etc (I’m not sure what figure we usually put on it – but same as Business)

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need an average GCSE points score of 5 including grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths.

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

    This qualification may be combined with subjects in other fields such as design and technology which may then be pursued at higher education either combined with or as an alternative to business related courses.

    You could also progress to Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as business administration, marketing, accounting, sales or enterprise. The qualification will also give you the skills to enter the self-employed market.

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