Level 3 Business

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

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Syllabus outline

This course offers you the opportunity to learn about businesses and how they operate. You will learn business theory and then apply it to real businesses by investigating what they do and why. Visits to existing businesses and outside speakers will be used to enhance learning and you will be expected to conduct independent research by contacting businesses directly. You will produce a variety of assignments which may take the form of presentations, displays, reports or power points.

Students complete six units in total: the four core units give learners an introduction to, and understanding of, the business environment, management of resources, marketing and communication – all fundamental to the success of business organisations. Two optional units will be selected based on student interest.

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1 The Business Environment
  • Unit 2 Business Resources
  • Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing
  • Unit 4 Business Communication

Optional Units

  • Unit 5 Business Accounting
  • Unit 6 Financial Accounting
  • Unit 9 Creative Product Promotion
  • Unit 13 Recruitment and Selection in Business


Each one of the units will be assessed internally and moderated externally. Students are awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit and these grades count towards the final award.

General Comments

The course is the equivalent to one A Level and attracts relevant UCAS points. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business is accepted by most Universities which offer vocational and business related courses such as Business Management, Marketing, Business and Human Resource Management and Business Economics.