Reporting and Grading
AS qualifications are awarded on a five-grade scale from A to E with A being the highest. A Level qualifications are awarded on a six-grade scale with the addition of A* which becomes the highest.
BTEC Business (Extended Certificate)
What does the qualification cover?
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for and consistent with current practice for students planning to enter employment directly in the business sector.
Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units. They are:
● Exploring Business
● Developing a Marketing Campaign
● Personal and Business Finance
In addition to the above units, students will also study an optional unit
● Recruitment and Selection Process
What could this qualification lead to?
Will the qualification support progression to further learning and, if so, to what?
Students who have completed this qualification in a year may progress to further learning at level 3, for example, to a larger size BTEC National in the Business sector.
In addition to the Business sector specific content, the requirements of the qualification mean the student develops the transferable and higher order skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers. For example, when studying the Business and Personal Finance unit, students will be measuring the financial performance of a business, preparing and analysing statements of comprehensive income and statements of financial position, as well as analysing profitability, liquidity and business efficiency, which supports some of the skills students need to progress into higher education, employment, self-employment or training.
The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses, if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning, and it combines well with a large number of subjects. It will support entry to almost any HE course, depending on the subjects taken alongside. For example, if taken alongside:
● A Levels in Spanish and Maths, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in International Management with Spanish
● Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Fashion Design and Development, it could lead to a BA (Hons) in Fashion Management
● Pearson BTEC Level 3 National in Travel and Tourism and an A Level in Geography, it could lead to a BA (Hons) in Tourism Management
● A Levels in History and English Literature, it could lead to a BA (Hons) in History.
Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific HE providers.
Will the qualification lead to employment and if so, in which role and at which level?
This qualification, when studied with other level 3 qualifications, is designed primarily to support progression to employment after further study at university. However, it can also support students progressing to employment directly, or via an apprenticeship. It will give the successful student the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills that will be an advantage in applying for a range of industry linked training programmes or apprenticeships in the business or other sector of their choice.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business is equivalent in size to 1 A Level. It is for students who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE courses, but not necessarily in business.