Business BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate -

BUSINESS BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

PEARSON 601/7159/5 (single award)


The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for and consistent with current practice for students planning to enter employment directly in the business sector.  The qualification gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the business sector to prepare them for further study or training at a higher level.


The programme of study includes the opportunity for students to choose one unit from a selection of options, to supplement the mandatory units that reflect the key topics within business.

·         Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units. They are :

·         Developing a Marketing Campaign

·         Personal and Business Finance

·         Exploring the Business Environment

Plus one optional unit chosen from a range of topics including human resources, accounting, marketing and law.

In addition to the business sector specific content, the requirements of the qualification mean the student develops the transferable and higher order skills that are highly regarded by HE and employers.


The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers on its own as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business courses, for example:

FdA Marketing with Events Management

FdA Business

Fda Business, Communications and Management

HND Business and Management.

When studied with other qualifications within the study programme, students can progress into higher education on combined courses, for example:

BA (Hons) in Business with French (or other languages), if taken with A Level French

BSc in Business and Computer Science, if taken with Computing/IT BTEC Extended Certificate or A Level

BSc in Business and Economics, if taken with A Level Economics or Maths

BA in Accounting with Finance, if taken with A Level Maths.


“It is a course that has a large workload but is perfect for those not comfortable with just exam assessment, with some interesting business knowledge you’ll pick up on the way.”

-  Joe Pettit, Year 13


Students should have achieved a grade 4 or higher in English GCSE and grade 4 or higher in mathematics GCSE. Those that have studied GCSE Business Studies are expected to have achieved grade C or above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Mrs R Brittain