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Business Studies

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Sixth Form Business Studies at St Benedict’s offers a BTEC Level 3 qualification, which is the equivalent to one A Level.  The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business Studies from the exam board Edexcel, aims to encourage students to develop key skills in:

•    Business organisations and how they operate

•    The environment that businesses operate in such as the UK economy

•    Innovation and Enterprise

•    Marketing and Promotion

•    Personal and Business Finance

•    Human Resources

Subject Details




Exam board: Pearson    

Type of vocational pathway: Applied General

Specification A-level equivalent: 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business (360 GLH) 601/7159/5

We want students who:

•    are motivated and willing to work hard and have an interest in business based issues,

•    are willing to complete independent tasks in study time in school and at home.

How will students be assessed? 

The course is split into mandatory and optional portfolio units.  The mandatory units are:

•    Personal and Business Finance - written 2-hour exam.

•    Exploring Business - internally assessed portfolio.

•    Developing a Marketing Campaign - a task set and marked by the exam board, completed under supervised conditions.  Students will be provided with a case study 2 weeks beforehand to research and then have 3 hours to write up the task.

There is one additional unit:

•    Recruitment and Selection - internally assessed portfolio.

What other courses does it complement?

The course will complement a wide range of subjects, including English, Psychology, Maths, Travel and Tourism, Law, Government and Politics and many more.

Next steps - what this course can lead to

This course will allow you to access a wide range of further education courses at University, including degrees in Business, Management, Finance, Human Resources and Marketing. The BTEC qualification in Business also provides a route to employment into the many diverse areas of business.  These include roles in specialist areas such as management, marketing, finance, customer service or human resources in large organisations or a more generic role in a small local business.  A number of students gain higher level / degree level apprenticeships in areas such as Project Management.

St Benedict’s,

Sixth Form