BTEC Business

rExam Board: Edexcel

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business is a two year course, and equivalent to three A Level qualifications.


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The Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment. It can also support learners who want to progress directly to employment in job roles in business or business management and Higher Apprentice.


13 units assessed; 7 are mandatory units (4 of these are externally assessed) and 6 are optional units.

Mandatory content 66%, Optional content 33%.

External Assessment (4 units) - These could be examinations or set tasks.

Internal Assessment (9 units) -  This could include conducting own research, using case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, carrying out projects, or demonstrating practical and technical skills using presentations or role plays.


Mandatory Units:

Exploring Business

Developing a Marketing Campaign

Personal and Business Finance

Managing an Event

International Business

Principles of Management

Business Decision Making

Optional Units (could include 6 of the following)

Recruitment and Selection Process

Team Building in Business

Recording Financial Transactions

Final Accounts for Public Limited Companies

Financial Statements for Specific Businesses

Cost and Management Accounting

Investigating Customer Service

Investigating Retail Business

Visual Merchandising

Digital Marketing

Creative Promotion

Pitching for a New Business

Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility

Training and Development

Market Research

The English Legal System

Employment Law

Aspects of Civil Liability Affecting Business

Aspects of Criminal Law Impacting on Business and Individuals

Work Experience in Business


Relationship Marketing

Legal Principles and Professional Ethics in Financial Services

Effective Management of Personal Debt

Buying for Business

Supply Chain Operations

Investment Opportunities and Financial Planning

Insurance Principles and Policies


The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business is the largest qualification in the suite of BTEC Nationals in Business and is equivalent in size to 3 A levels. It is best suited to students who want to progress to higher education programmes prior to employment, probably in the business sector. Such as: Investment Banker, Financial Analyst, Accountant, Paralegal, International Development Consultant, Stockbroker, Actuary, Trader, Hedge Fund Manager.