The 120-credit Diploma in BTEC Level 3 Business Studies is a vocational university access qualification. It counts as the equivalent of two A Levels, and yields the same level of UCAS (university entry) points.


The course consists of 12 units that are assessed in-College by the tutors; there are no external exams.  Students learn to research, give presentations, produce papers and projects, work in teams, develop their communication skills and study a wide range of business topics.  There is feedback at the end of each unit, allowing students to develop a clear sense of how they are progressing.


The structure of the qualification allows a great deal of choice and flexibility. All students take four core units which introduce the fundamentals of business organisations:

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication

The other eight units come from a list of more specialist areas, including Finance, Management, Promotion, Market Research, Setting up a Small Business and Human Resources.


100% coursework. There are NO exams.

Each unit carries the same weight.

Exam board: Edexcel


UK students- ideally 5 GCSEs grade C or above ( or equivalent) including Maths and English. However there is the opportunity to retake Maths or English GCSE if you have not achieved it. Most importantly you must have the motivation to work extremely hard and to meet all deadlines as this is a highly intensive course equivalent to 2 A levels in one year


Q: what is BTEC?

A: It is an internationally recognised qualification from the Edexcel exam board. It is equivalent to 2 A levels.


Q: How long is the course?

A: it is a 1 year intensive course


Q: can I use a computer for the coursework?

A: yes, all coursework is produced on a computer. Students are encouraged to bring in their own laptop.


Q: Do I need Microsoft Office on my laptop?

A: Yes


Q: Can I go to university with a BTEC?

A: Yes. For the top universities You will need one A level as well (e.g. For international students an A level in their own language). Some students do a one year A level course alongside their BTEC whilst others might continue their AS (from last year) to A2. Some students choose the BTEC if they have already completed A levels (or plan to retake them) in order to get extra UCAS points.


Q: Can I only study business at university after this course?

A: no. There is a wide variety of degree courses open to you, e.g. Fashion, law, philosophy, politics etc