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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Edexcel

Why study Business? 

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If you are interested in the way businesses are run and managed then, BTEC Business is the course for you. BTEC Business will help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills applied in real work contexts required for both employment and progression into higher education.

Business is a dynamic, fast-moving subject based in the real world. You will learn about how businesses operate and discover that business is always in the news. There is always something going on directly related to what you will be studying, from mergers and takeovers to ethical concerns about supply chains or executive pay. You will discover how to market a product successfully depending on the target audience and you will learn to analyse the strategies employed by businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover and Ikea for success.

You will also find out how to motivate people, and look at different ways of leading an organisation. You will discover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

What can it lead to?

Studying Business will open your eyes to the wide range of job opportunities available, ranging from finance to marketing to management.

The extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course it is the equivalent to three A levels and this programme supports progression to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment.

Many of our business students’ progress onto University after leaving St Charles; 70% of BTEC Business students go onto study a business related degree. This ranges from generic courses such as Business Studies and International Business Management to more focused ones such as Accounting & Finance, Marketing and Human Resources Management.

Alternatively, you may choose to move onto an apprenticeship.

Further Information available in the link below to the Specification

How is the course organised?

Awarding body: Edexcel

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma comprises of 13 units of work over the 2 years of study. There are 7 Mandatory units (3 internal and 4 external units) and 6 optional units.

This course requires applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. Learners will perform vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviors and transferable skills, such as communication, teamwork, research, and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace.

The course offers a balanced range of assessment methods, so you can demonstrate your knowledge of the sector in a range of scenarios, supporting your next step to higher education or into a career.

How is the course assessed?

BTEC level 3 is assessed through a unit by unit approach and offer a combination of assessment styles. These are Assignments (internally assessed), Task (externally assessed) and Written Exams (externally assessed)

Achievement is across units, with both internal and external units graded and appointed points. For all assessments, students will have an opportunity to secure a PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION grade, with external units also having N grade.

Assessment is aimed at developing learners understanding of business theory and completing specific task, assignment, or written exam within an allocated time frame.

The final grade for the course is calculated based on the student’s overall performance and is the equivalent to three A-levels.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

The basic entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade 4 and above including English and GCSE Mathematics OR a double Distinction in BTEC level 2 Extended Certificate.

Students should have the ability to:

  • Work independently taking responsibility for their own learning as well as working as part of a team
  • Know how to work to a brief with set deadlines 
  • Efficiently manage time to complete tasks and processes

Due to the nature of the programme, 100% attendance is essential, as is the ability to meet deadlines. Students will be expected to produce assignments to a high standard.  Commitment to keep up to date with business and economic affairs through the media is also required.  Students will have to spend approximately 10 hours per week outside of classroom time on work for the course.

Who are the teachers?

There are 10 teachers in the department all with degrees or postgraduate qualifications in Business Studies, Business Management or Business & Marketing. Many have industry experience, which ranges from Retail Management to FMCG marketing, as well as actually setting up and running their own businesses

Many of the teachers are involved with enrichment activities. These include Young Enterprise, London Citizens and The Big Idea Challenge, which takes place in the first term.  One of the teachers in the department is ex-St Charles Students who, having really valued their own experience at the College as a student, has come back to contribute to the experience of our current and future students.

With over 100 years of teaching experience between us, the business department is committed to ensuring our students are given the opportunities to succeed no matter what course they are on.

For more information contact Mrs. Jenny Coyle, Head of department or Mrs.Oluremi Sodimu Level 3 Course Leader Y12 (

What do students say about the course?

"I enjoy studying Business because it gives me the opportunity to study all the different aspects of the subject. My teachers are very helpful and make sure I am confident in the topic before going into writing my work up." 

"BTEC is really good because when it comes to tests I get really nervous but BTEC allows me to do the course that I love and be able to research and gain more information which I can use in the future."

"BTEC Business allows you to develop further understanding of business, and have a clear idea of career paths because you do a range of different units from marketing, human resources, accounting and communication."

"BTEC business is good, very diverse and allows students to explore different parts of business."

"I am more comfortable with BTEC, you have time to sit with your teachers for help and can have group discussions." 

What else should I know?

As well as learning the theory behind Business Studies you have the opportunity to put this into practice through our Enterprise enrichment.

As part of the Young Enterprise Programme, students have the chance to officially start-up their own company throughout the year. This includes designing websites, creating the product and selling it. This gives students’ excellent practical experiences of what it would be like to set up and manage your own firm and the students get to keep the net profit!

Students get the opportunity to attend trips to companies such as Goldman Sachs and Barclays to find out what it is like to work in business, as well as attend careers talks with businesses such as Nestle.

Finally, you will go on two-week work placement at the end of the first year. Previous placements have ranged from Law firms to banks. You will be expected to complete a research project in support of one of your units in the second year.