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Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Business

  • LEVEL 3

Course Overview

BTECs are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the vocational alternative to A Levels. We offer two options – the Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level) or the Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels).

The content reflects the demands of employers and universities and has a mixture of internal and external assessment. Assessment is through coursework, controlled assessments and a written exam. There is also a requirement for students to participate in practical activities such as helping to organise an event and taking part in mock interviews for recruitment.

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 26 Jun 2026

Entry Requirements

Requires four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths and may include a BTEC.

Course information

In Year One, you will learn about a variety of types of business, how to develop effective marketing communications and the importance of budgeting and financing a business. In Year Two, you will build on your skills from Year One and study international business, digital marketing and event organisation.

2 Years

In class, face to face with some practical activity, individual and group work.

You will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and exams. If you are studying the Extended Certificate you will complete two exams and two assessments using coursework. If you undertake the Diploma you will undertake three exams and five coursework units.

Level 3 EDEXCEL BTEC National Diploma in Business

During your two years of study you will undertake a work placement. You will also hear from a variety of industry speakers and attend master classes, workshops, trips and conferences.

University, career or an apprenticeship

Level 3

You will be required to undertake independent research to enhance your coursework and to complete tasks outside of class.