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Business BTEC

Subject: Business

What will students learn?

Students will study a range of business functions, including marketing and people, managing business activities, business decisions and strategy and business from a global perspective. Students will learn theory through the lens of practical application with the use of real case studies. BTEC students will study a variety of different units with core units being similar to A level and optional units being modern, relevant and specific.

In KS5 students will study

Year 12

Unit 2 and Unit 3 (exam units) in BTEC

Year 13

Unit 6 and Unit 7 (exam units) in BTEC


This qualification gives learners experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. This includes the opportunity for learners to choose several topics from a selection of options reflecting the progression pathways in business.


The learning programme covers the following content areas:

  • finance
  • marketing
  • decision making
  • management
  • international business

The optional units have been designed to support progression to business courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas. They cover content areas such as recruitment, visual merchandising, digital marketing, research, work experience.


The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business is an Applied General qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning. It is equivalent in size to three A levels and has been designed as a full two-year programme. The qualification aims to provide a wide-ranging study of the sector. It is primarily designed for learners studying full time in the 16–19 age group, who wish to pursue a career in business, primarily via higher education to access graduate entry employment with businesses, or alternatively through junior business employment.

How will students receive feedback?

At Paddington, all students will receive regular feedback from formative assessment tasks. Within the curriculum, specific tasks are allocated for feedback. This ensures all students gain regular feedback. Teachers will mark student work and provide targeted feedback that enables students to improve their work and make progress. To support student understanding, teachers plan high-quality re-teach time to prepare students for their feedback. Across each term, students will receive feedback from multiple tasks.

What examinations / assessments do students have at the end of KS5?

Exam board: Pearson 

Four external exams, of which three are controlled assessments

Unit 2, 6, 7 – Controlled Assessment three hours

Unit 3 – Exam two hours

What resources can be used to support learning?


Course Overview


Course Summary


Option Video



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