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The BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Certificate

The BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Certificate has been designed to form a qualification which provides knowledge and understanding of this vocational area.




Unit 1    Exploring Business (Internally centre assessed – portfolio unit)


In this unit you will gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities.


You will also look at the importance of innovation and enterprise to the success and survival of businesses, with the associated risks and benefits.


Unit 2   Developing a Marketing Campaign (Externally assessed)


Marketing is a dynamic field central to the success of any business. In this unit you will gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. You will explore different stages of the process that a business goes through when developing its campaign and develop your own campaign for a given product/service.


Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance (External examination)


This unit includes aspects of both personal and business finance.


Personal finance involves the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent future financial difficulties. It is vital you understand the financial decisions you will need to take throughout your life and how risk can affect you and your choices.


The business finance aspects of the unit introduce you to accounting terminology, the purpose and importance of business accounts and the different sources of finance available to businesses.


Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection (Internally centre assessed – portfolio unit )


In this unit you will explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. You will have the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review your performance.



Assessment is designed to give credit for what candidates can do as well as what they know and understand. It is based both on portfolio evidence which is marked by the centre and moderated by BTEC Pearson and external assessments which are set and marked by BTEC Pearson.


Units 1 and 8 and are based on portfolio evidence.

Unit 2 is assessed under supervised conditions. Part A is released the day before Part B is scheduled for learners to analyse sources of primary and secondary research. Part B is a supervised assessment of three hours taken in a single session during the two-day period timetabled by Pearson. The assessment is set and marked by Pearson.

Unit 3 is assessed by a written examination set by Pearson. The examination will be two hours in length.



  • The programme of assessment measures their knowledge and understanding of business whilst equipping them with the skills to plan and deliver products and services.

  • Develops practical skills: personal organisation and time management; ICT skills.


BTEC Business will provide a suitable basis for further study in related subjects in Higher Education as well as a valuable preparation for careers in any area of business.


The fundamental philosophy of this specification is that, in order to understand the nature of Business, candidates must actively experience the business environment.  This can be achieved through a variety of approaches, including work experience, links with local employers, case studies and research.

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