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Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form

Business (Extended Diploma)


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

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Entry Requirements

Standard BTEC entry requirement. APS 4.1, Grade 4 in English and Grade 4 in Maths

Course Overview

Businesses create wealth for individuals and the country. In 2022 61% of UK employment was due to small and medium enterprises. This course has been designed to cover a broad range of fields, be knowledge based with practical elements which will allow progression to employment, a higher apprenticeship or university. 

This course is ideal for students who are passionate about business and are either planning on starting up their own business or pursuing a career in business. It is a subject that requires students to learn theories, apply them to real businesses through their research, and assess their effectiveness. Through the use of real-life business scenarios, you will develop an awareness of the business world, and be able to analyse the steps needed to be taken to be successful in the industry. You will develop your skills of independent learning, team work, research, problem solving, communication and organisation. 

The extended Diploma is a two year, full time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment. It can also support learners who want to progress directly to employment in job roles in business or business management and Higher Apprenticeships in the business sector. This course is the equivalent in size to 3 A Levels.

The course covers 7 mandatory units in:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Managing an Event
  • International Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Decision Making

There are then 6 optional units that will be selected from:

  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Team Building in Business
  • Recording Financial Transactions
  • Final Accounts for Public Limited Companies
  • Financial Statements for Specific Businesses
  • Cost and management Accounting
  • Investigating Customer Service
  • Investigating Retail Business
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Digital Marketing
  • Creative Promotion
  • Pitching for New Business
  • Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Training and Development
  • Market Research
  • The English Legal System
  • Employment Law
  • Aspects of Civil Liability Affecting Business
  • Aspects of Criminal Law Impacting on Business and Individuals
  • Work Experience in Business
  • Branding
  • Relationship Marketing
  • Legal Principles and Professional Ethics in Financial Services
  • Effective Management of Personal Debt
  • Busing for Business
  • Supply Chain Operations
  • Investment Opportunities and Financial Planning
  • Insurance Principles and Policies

Assessment Methods

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector.

There are both external and internal assessments:

External assessed units:

  1. Developing a Marketing Campaign. A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. 
  2. Personal and Business Finance. 2 hour written examination set by Pearson. 
  3. Principles of Management. A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. 
  4. Business Decision Making. A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. 

Internal assessed units:

Internal assessed units:

  1. Exploring Business
  2. Managing an Event
  3. International Business

and all optional units. 

QE6 Extras / Co-Curriculum Opportunities

 Business experience - Working in industry


Many Business students progress to careers in finance, sales, human resource management and marketing. It is also excellent for a range of management roles in the private or public sectors.