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Business Studies (BTEC) 2020/2022

In Business, students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making including the interdependent nature of business activity.


BTEC Business follows on from GCSE Business, although GCSE Business is not a requirement for this course. The content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the Business sector or take Business into Higher Education. The learning programme covers four units. The first covers how learners study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive. The second covers how learners gain skills relating to, and an understanding of, how a marketing campaign is developed. The third addresses how learners study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. They will also develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information. The final unit explores how the recruitment process is carried out in a business and gives learners the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review their performance.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: Edexcel Pearson Extended Certificate
Qualification Title: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business
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Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel Pearson Extended Certificate webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements.

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:
• Unit 1 Exploring Business (Year 12)
• Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign (Year 12)
• Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance (Year 13)
• Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection Process (Year 13)

Possible Career Paths

Business related degrees, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Banking or Accounting and Finance. The best opportunities for progression in the world of Business in the future lies in Languages. If you have a passion for Spanish or French, then the world of Business opens up even further. Pathways could lead to employment directly or a Business related apprenticeship.

Learners will also develop employability skills such as cognitive and problem-solving skills, intrapersonal skills and interpersonal skills. BTEC Nationals provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses. These include effective writing, analytical skills, creative development and preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

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