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Business BTEC

The Business BTEC 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.

This course enables students to get an excellent grounding and experience in a range of essential business themes and develop their understanding within a workplace or vocational context within their written assessments.

By covering a range of business concepts and discrete units of learning, students can develop their areas of skill and specialism that can be developed at higher education under either general business courses, or specific areas of study within Business, for example; Business Finance.

The course is assessed through a variety of methods including centre -developed assignments, exam board set and marked assignments and an external examination.

Exam Board: Pearson (Edexcel) Extended Certificate

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.  GCSE in Business Studies is desirable.

Future Opportunities

Business combines well with almost all other subjects and goes particularly well with sociology, geography, mathematics, French, government and politics, PE and psychology.

The course gives you a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment in the business world. You will be well equipped to move on to degrees, BTEC Higher National Diplomas, degrees or modern apprenticeships in related subjects.

BTEC National qualifications give equivalent UCAS points to GCE A levels for university applications.

Course content & Assessment

Course Content

Students have mandatory units to complete in communication and employability skills, as well as computer systems. They will then move on to studying more specific units in computer programming and website design.

Initially, learners study three core units:

  • Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science – (Synoptic)
  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • Unit 7: IT Systems Security and Encryption

The qualification includes a choice of optional units, including:

  • Unit 11: Digital Graphics and Animation
  • Unit 15: Website Development
  • Unit 17: Mobile Apps Development

These units allow progression to a variety of degrees when combined with other suitable Level 3 qualifications.


Equivalent in size to one A Level:

  • 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed
  • Mandatory content (75%)
  • External assessment (50%)

Business Department

Subject Leader Miss T Morgan          
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