Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate Business


This programme is designed to provide a broad educational basis for training, higher education or employment within the business sector. It is especially suitable for self-motivated students who enjoy completing coursework.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma

Course length

BTEC Certificate: one year, Subsidiary Diploma: two years.

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The full course consists of units including:

  • exploring business activity
  • investigating business resources
  • marketing
  • effective people, communication and information

On the course you will:

  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress in business
  • understand the different activities of businesses
  • examine how businesses fit into the wider community

Method of assessment

Assessment is entirely through internally assessed coursework. There are no examinations.

What will I be able to progress to?

Combined with other advanced level options, this subject will prepare you to progress to university to complete a degree in Business or a related area such as Finance, Management or Economics. You may also choose to move straight to employment in the Business sector.

Other information

The one-year Certificate is equivalent to an AS-level. The two-year Extended Certificate is equivalent to an A-level.