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BTEC Business

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There are many different career paths for those who wish to work within the business sector. These include management, HR, finance, marketing and business information management, with the opportunity to work both in the UK and internationally.

Who is this qualification for?

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post 16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the business sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to 1 A level and aims to provide a coherent introduction to study of the business sector, normally alongside other level 3 qualifications. Students wishing to take this BTEC will have successfully completed a level 2 programme of learning with GCSEs or vocational qualifications.

What does the qualification cover?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for and consistent with current practice for students planning to enter employment directly in the business sector. Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units.
They are:

  • Exploring the Business Environment
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance

The optional units have been designed to support choices in progression to business courses in HE, and to link with relevant occupational areas. They cover content areas such as:
human resources

  • accounting
  • marketing
  • law

In addition, the qualification includes an optional work experience unit, which enables all students to benefit from practical experience of the sector.

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