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BTEC Extended Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma

Business Studies

What is Business Studies?

BTEC Business covers all aspects of worldly events. The majority of news is business related and if you enjoy watching The Apprentice or Dragons’ Den, or you feel that you could give them a run for their money, then Business could be for you. If you want to set up on your own, work for a local business or see the world with a multinational corporation, then Business Studies could get you there. No matter what your vision, BTEC Business will give you a vocational start to your business career.

What Will You Study?

BTEC Business Studies can be taken as the equivalent to one, two or three A Levels and even has the option to study as half an A Level.

The Certificate, equal to half an A Level, consists of two core units. They provide learners with an introduction to and understanding of the business environment and marketing.

The Extended Certificate consists of four units; three mandatory and one optional. The mandatory units provide learners with an introduction to and understanding of the business environment, marketing and personal and business finance.

The Diploma consists of eight units; six mandatory units and two optional. In addition to the mandatory units that are covered by the Extended Certificate, the Diploma includes event management, international business and management principles.

The Extended Diploma consists of 13 units; seven mandatory and five optional. In addition to the units covered by the Diploma, the Extended Diploma includes a unit on business decision making.

What Next?

BTEC Business students tend to apply for apprenticeships or go on to further study. However, with a Business qualification the door is opened to many jobs and careers. If you have been successful at a BTEC in Business, you have also gained life skills, such as delivering information in a professional manner, communication skills and being able to work independently; something that all businesses encourage.

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Entry Requirements

At least five 4s at GCSE including at least a 4 in English Language or Maths.

Course Type

BTEC Extended Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma.

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Economics, Accounting, MFL, Sport, Sociology, Psychology, English, Drama & Theatre Studies and Media Studies.

Did you know?

‘Coca-Cola’ is the most recognised trademark, recognised by 94% of the world’s population and is the most widely recognised word after “OK”.


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