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BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Business

The Extended Certificate is a two-year course for learners who want to progress to higher education, employment or into a
higher apprenticeship in the business sector.

It is usually studied alongside other A-Levels or BTEC Level 3 qualifications.

It combines internal (coursework) assessment and external (exam) assessment. This course will give you an excellent grounding in the vocational skills and knowledge required for all types of work in a business environment. This varied work-related course is taught by experienced and enthusiastic teachers in conjunction with external speakers.

All of the units will have a real life business focus. You will also have the opportunity to represent the college by participating in competitions and trips. Grades awarded are from P to D* and the qualification carries the same UCAS points as 1 A-Level.

Today’s BTEC Nationals are demanding. You will have to complete a range of units, be organised, and take some assessments that will be set and marked, and keep a portfolio of your assignments.

Students can progress to a range of higher education programmes and professional courses including accounting, law, marketing and personnel management.

Course Content

Topics Covered

  • Finance/Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Production
  • Human Resource management


  • One external examination
  • One externally marked “tasks”
  • Two other internally marked coursework units


5 GCSEs at grade C or above including GCSE English and maths (Grade 4 or above)


BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at grade MM or above and GCSE English and maths at grade 4 and above.


This course offers access to a wide range of careers in business, including junior or managerial roles in human resources, finance, insurance, operations, IT and customer service.

Alternatively students may find work as a business advisor, project manager, general manager, investment administrator, bank manager, marketing assistant or public relations officer. Others may start their own businesses.