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Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or above (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. You will complete 8 units over the two years. 5 Units will be assessed by completing coursework. 3 Units will be assessed by examinations. 

What will I study?

This is a two year course and is equivalent to 2 A levels. The diploma gives students the flexibility to develop their knowledge and understanding of business whist studying an additional A level alongside it. There are 8 units that will be studied, 6 of these are mandatory units that have been designed to give students a broad overview of business and business theory.

Units covered include; exploring business, developing a marketing campaign, personal and business finance, managing an event, international business and principles of management. Two units are optional and have been selected to build students skills as well as capitalise on staff specialisms. These units can include; recruitment and selection, digital marketing and customer service. You will have the opportunity to complete assignments based on real business scenarios and will be assessed through coursework, external examinations and controlled assessment.

Please note, you need to be very well organised and enjoy spending time working through a range of individual tasks outside of college as around 60% of your qualification will be assessed through coursework.  

Where will this course lead me?

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business Studies is suitable for those students who are seriously considering a career in this area, are passionate about the subject or wish to progress to study business at university.

This course provides you with a wide range of career opportunities, including setting up your own business, working in management, accounting, banking, marketing and retail management. This course also prepares you for further study at degree level in related areas such as marketing, finance, business management and accounting.

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Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.


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For Year 11 students who have applied and will be joining us in Year 12

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If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

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Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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