BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and carries the same level of UCAS (university entry points). It is a 5-term course, which has NO exams.
What will I study?
The course consists of 18 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
All students take four core units which introduce the fundamentals of business:
- The Business Environment (includes structure of businesses and basic economics)
- Business Resources (includes financial accounts)
- Introduction to Marketing
- Business Communication
The other 14 units come from a list of more specialist areas, including Finance, Management, Promotion, Market Research, Setting up a Small Business, international business, economics and Human Resources.
How is it assessed?
100% coursework. There are NO exams.
Each unit carries the same weight.
Exam board: Edexcel
What do I need?
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 an intensive course equivalent to 3 A-Levels in five terms.
What is BTEC?
It is an internationally recognised qualification from the Edexcel exam board. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels.
How is it graded?
It is graded as Distinction* (=A* at A level), Distinction (=A at A level), Merit (=C at A level) and Pass (= E at A level).
How long is the course?
It is a 5 term intensive course
Can I use a computer for the coursework?
Yes, all coursework is produced on a computer. Students are encouraged to bring in their own laptop.
Do I need Microsoft Office on my laptop?
Can I go to university with a BTEC?
Yes. 95% of UK universities accept the BTEC Extended Diploma on its own. Some of the more academic universities (eg UCL, Kings College London) will require an academic A-Level in addition (eg A-Level Maths, English, History, Government & Politics or a foreign language which is not your native language).
Can I only study Business at university after this course?
No. There is a wide variety of degree courses open to you, e.g. Law, philosophy, Fashion, Politics, Music or Sports Management, etc.