Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

  • What makes a business successful?
  • How can I grow and develop my business idea?
  • What skills do I need to succeed in the business world?
  • How important is marketing to business?


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language. 

You will take an initial assessment which will check you have the required communication and numeracy skills.


Is this course for me?

  • The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level subject option block. 
  • You want to learn how organisations operate in theory and how they function in practice. 
  • You wish to learn about the key areas of running a business and making business decisions.
  • You want to develop your skills of time management, report and presentation preparation, creativity skills, team work, investigation and research.


Where does it lead?

This course will give you a good grounding in becoming a manager or for owning your own business.  This course can also lead onto Higher Education. The BTEC Level 3 has the same value as A Levels and is accepted by employers and most universities.


What will I learn?

You will study 4 units in total across the two years of the course. The units are listed below:

Exploring Business
You will explore business ownership, organisation, business aims and strategies, the external factors affecting business success and the importance of innovation and enterprise. You will use a case study based on Alton Towers.

Developing a Marketing Campaign
You will look at the principles and purposes of marketing and use the information to plan and develop a marketing campaign for a business.

Personal & Business Finance
You will study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information.

Recruitment & Selection Process
You will explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. This will give you the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review your performance.


How will I be assessed?

Currently this course is assessed through coursework and controlled assessment. You will also complete an externally assessed exam. 

Further details of how this course will be assessed will be provided by your teacher when the course begins.


What activities can I get involved in?

You will learn how to apply the knowledge you have gained and make business decisions through work experience, case study materials and speakers. You will also visit businesses to find out to find out how they operate. This includes a trip to Alton Towers which you will use as a case study for some of your modules.

The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for further information about what is on offer.


*We have made every effort to ensure that the information displayed is accurate. The College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with any revision. 

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