This is a practical course that looks at real life situations and allows students to develop the skills and knowledge required in a modern day business. Students will study topics such as Marketing, Finance and Management issues by relating them to case studies of actual businesses and the problems they experience. The course incorporates different types of assessment including coursework and examination. Students will develop their business knowledge and skills in preparation for further study or employment.

This is a two year course and is equivalent to two full A Levels.

What goes well with this course?

Business goes well with the majority of subjects, particularly:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Media 
  • Politics
  • Law


Business Studies graduates are in growing demand in Accountancy, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources and Banking. A qualification in Business can help set students apart from other applicants and provide them with essential knowledge that will help prepare them for the world of work.

Course Content

This course covers a wide range of Business topics including:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Event Management
  • International Business
  • Principles of Management

There is an examination on Personal and Business Finance and externally assessed coursework involving a Marketing Campaign and Principles of Management.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • A visit to Blackland Farm – outdoor activity
  • Assignment work linked to Tesco, Thorpe Park, Costa and Nintendo

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


This course is assessed through a series of internal assignments and external assessments.

The exam board for this BTEC Diploma is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.  In addition, students will need the following minimum combination of GCSE grades: 

  • Grade 4 in a numerate subject such as Maths or Science, and
  • Grade 4 in a literate subject such as English Language, English Literature or History

A Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Business will also be considered. GCSE Business is not a requirement. Students will enjoy this course if they are able to:

  • Give presentations and pitches
  • Develop an understanding of how businesses work
  • Complete independent research

Students should be interested in the world of business, enjoy working with others and be able to communicate their own opinions both in writing and verbally.

There is a significant financial element assessed through external examination, therefore an ability to calculate and interpret financial information is essential.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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