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.

These include:

Year 1

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Team Building in Business

Year 2

  • Managing an Event
  • International Business
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Principles of Management

Assessment is via a combination of exams and coursework. Students will need to sit three external exams. The remaining five units of study are assignment-based units. Coursework for the Marketing Campaign unit and Principles of Management will be assessed externally.

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.


Assessment is via a combination of exams and coursework. Students will need to sit three external exams. The remaining five units of study are assignment-based units. Coursework for the Marketing Campaign unit and Principles of Management unit will be assessed externally.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have studied Business at GCSE?

No. You don’t need to have a GCSE in Business or equivalent qualification (e.g. BTEC Level 2 in Business), to do this course.

How many A Levels is the BTEC Level 3 Diploma equivalent to?

The qualification is equivalent to two A Levels

Will I need to take exams?

You will sit three external exams during the course. The remaining five units of study are assignment-based units which are assessed internally.

How are the assignments assessed?

Students are taught the relevant content and are then given a timeframe to complete a particular assignment. The assignment is then marked by your teacher who will provide you with feedback within ten days of your submission deadline.

Do universities accept BTEC qualifications?

Most universities accept BTEC qualifications subject to you meeting their subject specific entry requirements. It’s worth checking specific degree requirements on the UCAS website.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2021

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 2021 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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