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BTEC National in Business

BTEC National Diploma (equivalent to 2 A-levels)

Or BTEC National Extended Certificate level (equivalent to 1 A-level)

Exam Board - Edexcel

Course Content

BTEC Business is made up of units of study.  The number of units studied will vary from 4 for the Extended Certificate, to 8 for the Diploma.  Half will be studied in the first year, which unlike A-levels is equally weighted with Year 13.
Extended Certificate students will complete the stand-alone Certificate (worth one AS) by the end of Year 12.  While Diploma students will complete the Extended Certificate in the first year (as already stated worth one A-level) by the end of Year 12.
The  units studied in Year 12 are:
The six units studied in Year 13 are:
Extended Certificate and Diploma
Extended Certificate only
  • Exploring Business
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • One additional Optional unit (TBC)
Diploma only
Diploma only
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Managing an Event
  • One additional Optional unit (TBC)
  • International Business
 
  • Principle of Management
 
  • One additional Optional unit (TBC)

MeM         Methods of Assessment

                  Three methods of assessment are used with between 50 and 60% internally assessed:     
                   EXTERNALLY ASSESSED
                   EXAMINATION                      - Formal written examination, but unlike A-level these can be sat in January                                                                       and re-sat in the summer.
ASSESSED TASKS                   - Students complete in controlled conditions a task tackling an everyday
                                                    challenge.
INTERNALLY ASSESSED
ASSIGNMENTS                       - Students complete a series of tasks in a work-related scenario.  This can                                                           include practical as well as writing skills.  Working independently and with                                                       others.
METHODS OF ASSESSMENT
YEAR
COURSE
UNITS
EXAMINATION
12
Diploma
Personal and Business Finance
13
Extended Certificate
Personal and Business Finance
EXTERNALLY ASSESSED TASK
12
Extended Certificate and Diploma
Developing a Marketing Campaign
13
Diploma
Principles of Management
ASSIGNMENTS
12
Extended Certificate and Diploma
Exploring Business
Diploma
Optional unit (TBC)
13
Diploma
Managing an Event
International Business
Extended Certificate and Diploma
Optional unit (TBC)

            Other Information

  •            This course has been developed in consultation with over 5000 HE Institutions, employers and                        teachers to develop a balance between practical, research and behavioural skills.
  • Because the assessments are linked to task scenarios the approach is far more applied and helps prepare students for studying independently at university and for the world of work.
  • BTEC Nationals will have UCAS equivalence with A-levels and is already accepted by a number of highly regarded universities.
  • While many students also use BTEC Nationals as a stepping stone to employment.

Entry Requirements

GCSE C Business Studies or Merit in BTEC Business.