Academic Information



  • Develop, maintain and stimulate students’ inquisitiveness, interest and enjoyment in business
  • Develop pupils’ competence in a range of business skills
  • To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the operations and structures of businesses
  • To enable pupils to apply their classroom learning into the world of work through their involvement with businesses in the public, private and voluntary sectors
  • To equip pupils with the skills required to succeed in employment or at university
  • Enable pupils to develop transferable business skills that can be applied to situations across all curriculum subjects


Mrs J E Buchanan
Miss J Patterson

Post 16

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business

Course Aims:

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business aims to look at the questions arising in business and how decisions are made in business. The new syllabus covers four units, which are assessed both internally and externally during the two years of the course:

  • Exploring business
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal and business finance
  • Recruitment and selection process

Entry Requirements:

The right attitude to the subject is vital along with an interest in current affairs, politics, industry and enthusiasm to know more.

Assessment of Units:

  • 58% external assessment
  • 42% internal assessment

Unit Details:

  • Unit 1:  Exploring business is 25% of the qualification. Coursework is internally assessed.
  • Unit 2: Developing a marketing campaign is 29% of the qualification. A set task is externally assessed.
  • Unit 3: Personal and business finance is 29% of the qualification. This is externally assessed through examination.
  • Unit 4: Recruitment and selection process is 17% of the qualification. Coursework is internally assessed.

Units are assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*

Skills Developed

  • Marketing
  • Personal and business finance
  • How to apply for a job
  • Interview technique
  • Strong communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Team building
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Independent learner


  • Law
  • Finance
  • Trading (stock market)
  • Management consultancy
  • Retail buying
  • Marketing
  • Insurance 
  • Management
  • Distribution and logistics management