Year 1 – BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business

Year 2 – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business

Intent of the Business Enterprise Department

The BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are broadly equivalent to two/three GCE A Levels. This is a one/two year course starting with a Foundation Diploma in year one converting to a full Extended Diploma in year 2. The program aims to provide students with an in depth understanding of the operations and structures of businesses and also to equip students with the skills required to succeed in employment or at university. The course will involve businesses in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The curriculum is a combination of externally and internally marked units including developing your own business, managing a marketing campaign, International Business and Finance. 

Our aim is to encourage proactive learning where students experience all aspects of Business and Enterprise through active participation. Students will be involved in starting an enterprise in the first year with the opportunity to sell their products or services within the school and externally. Student will also take part in a variety of collaborative activities and projects that enable them to experience the world of business through ‘doing’ rather than theory alone. The lessons are designed to inspire curiosity and an excitement towards learning. The creative nature of the sessions allows students to develop their confidence, self-awareness and emotional intelligence, thus preparing them for ‘what comes next’. Additionally, students will learn valuable transferrable skills and tools which will improve their learning in other subjects as well as enhancing their employability skills.

Student Profile

Students need to have an interest in business and enterprise in all its forms with sound working knowledge of the business environment. Although not essential, a good working knowledge of marketing and finance would be an advantage. In addition a creative flair and a desire for new product development will definitely be beneficial. 


The first year consists of four core units and two optional units, of which, two units will be externally moderated and marked and four units will be internally graded. All the units must be passed to achieve the qualification. In the second year another three core units and four optional units need to be achieved to obtain the Extended Diploma. It is a level 3 course (both year one and two) with satisfactory completion equivalent to 3 ‘A’ levels.

Year 1:Year 2: 
Unit 1: Exploring BusinessUnit 5: International Business
Unit 2: Principals of MarketingUnit 6: Principals of management
Unit 3: Personal and Business FinanceUnit 7: Business Decision Making
Unit 4: Managing an EventUnit 17: Digital marketing
Unit 9: Team building in BusinessUnit 19: Pitching for a New Business
Unit 16: Visual MerchandisingUnit 32: Buying for Business

Facilities, Equipment and Collaborative Opportunities

The facilities are extensive with a fully equipped Board Room located in the main building and another room located in the 6th form Centre where students have full use of IT facilities. Students are encouraged to use their own IT equipment for flexible learning away from the classroom as independent learning and teamwork is actively promoted

Collaborative opportunities are utilised frequently with media, music and Art. Students will be working on live events with other departments, managing their own small businesses, attending business workshops as well displaying their work to the public through competitions and social events.

Progression Opportunities/ Career Prospects

Students that successfully complete their program of study could progress onto a Business related degree or Higher National Diploma. Previous Level three students have gone directly into employment in areas of growth in finance, administration, management, marketing and media marketing and events management sectors.

Entry Requirements

Typically 4 x ‘C’ grade GCSE or equivalent subjects (new grades 4/5 after 2017) – with one being in English and one in the subject specialism. If maths and/or English are not included in the 4 GCSEs, then re-takes will automatically be included in the timetable.

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