BTEC Business Studies

The Business department offers students a range of stimulating learning opportunities through a variety of courses at Key Stage 4 and 5. At KS5 we offer Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business.

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects.  It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Business at Key Stage 5

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business

A business is any activity that provides goods or services, whether that is to make a profit or not.

The common thread in business is that owners and employees are striving to satisfy customers.  Nowadays, customers are more informed and have more options in terms of what they buy and who they buy from, so a successful business is one that balances satisfying their customers with selling products or providing services.

In this course, you will gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities. You will also look at the importance of innovation and enterprise to the success and survival of businesses, with the associated risks and benefits.

This qualification consists of four units of study and are assessed through coursework and exam.

  • Unit 1: Exploring Business
    • Internal assessment (Assignment)
  • Unit 2: Developing a marketing campaign
    • External assessment
    • A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised
    • 180 minutes
  • Unit 3: Personal and business finance
    • External assessment
    • Examination
    • 120 minutes
  • Unit 14: Exploring Business
    • Internal assessment (Assignment)
  • Equivalent in size to one A Level.
  • 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.
    • Mandatory content (83%).
    • External assessment (58%).

Additional and recommended learning tools or reading

  • Books – Pearson BTEC National book, BTEC National Revision guide and workbook
  • Websites – Tutror2u, Pearson website, Dynamic learning,

Business In the Community

  • Newspapers – The Independent, The Economist, The Financial Times, Money Week

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