Why choose this subject?

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC national qualifications or A Levels. Students benefit from experiencing real life businesses through visits, guest speakers and ‘live’ assignment briefs set by local business people. Learners should have a keen interest in the world of business. They will benefit from having relevant work experience or part-time employment to complement their studies.

How will this subject be delivered?

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is a Level 3 vocational course, equivalent to one A Level. It consists of four units, of which three are mandatory:
• Exploring Business – internally assessed
• Developing a Marketing Campaign – assessed through an externally set and marked case study
• Personal and Business Finance – assessed through a two-hour examination and externally marked

The fourth unit will be chosen from: Recruitment and Selection Process; Investigating Customer Service; Market Research; the English Legal System; or work experience in business. The fourth unit will be internally assessed.

How is it assessed?

Assessed through coursework (both internally and externally marked) and through an externally assessed examination. 58% of the qualification is externally assessed.

Subject specific entry requirements

Students should have gained at least a GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics and a GCSE grade 6 in English.


The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers in meeting admissions requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning. The qualification can also support progression to employment directly, or via an apprenticeship. Possible careers include business support services, management, human resources, accounting, marketing and law.

Additional costs relating to this course

• Contribution towards the cost of visits
• Stationery