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Pathway to success

Following the Business and Economics related pathway will open a range of post -18 options. Whether you are interested in obtaining a Higher-Level Apprenticeship, employment, or a place at a prestigious University this pathway will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to progress into your chosen career.

You will find business professionals in every Industry, working as accountants and financial planners, dealing with recruitment in human resources or in marketing and advertising; the possibilities for career progression and development are limitless.

Students following this pathway will be able to follow either a traditional Advanced Level route, a BTEC Extended Diploma equivalent to three Advanced Levels or by combining a Diploma in Business Studies with another A level subject.

You will find some suggestions in the table below of how to combine options to construct the right course which will enable you to progress to your chosen university or employment opportunity.

Route options

Traditional A Level Route
Compulsory Subjects

One or both of Business and Economics

Optional Subjects

Choose from our extensive portfolio of Advanced Levels or Extended Certificates

Enrichment opportunities

Future Entrepreneurs Elective

Option to follow the Gifted Student Programme

Young Enterprise


University and business-related talks and workshops

Progression Opportunities
University of Cambridge – BA Economics (A*A*A) University of Leeds – BA International Business (AAA) Apprenticeships Employment
Extended Diploma Route
Optional Subjects :

None – Your Extended Diploma is your full course

Enrichment opportunities

Work experience in a business environment.

University and business-related talks and workshops

Visits to local businesses and visiting speakers building links through the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Future Entrepreneurs Elective.

Progression Opportunities
University of Liverpool – BA Business Management (D*D*D) Edge Hill University BSc Accountancy (DMM) Apprenticeships Employment
Combined Options
Compulsory Subjects

BTEC Diploma

Optional Subjects :

Marketing Strand
Graphics, Media, or English

Human Resources Strand
Sociology or Psychology

Accountancy Strand
Mathematics or Economics

Management Strand
Economics or Politics

International Business Strand
French or Spanish

Business Law
Law or Applied Law

Enrichment opportunities

Future Entrepreneurs Elective

Work experience in a business environment specialising in your chosen strand.


Progression Opportunities

University of Lancaster – International Business Management (France) DD and B in French

Liverpool John Moores University – BA Business and Finance (112 UCAS points)




Where will this pathway lead me?

Likely employment opportunities:

Marketing, Advertising, Human Resources, Accountancy, Business Administration, Economist, International Business Management, Leisure Management

Oliver Rogers

Economics [A] , History [A], Maths [B]

Where next :
University of Lancaster
BA Economics


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Level 2 entry requirements

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. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

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

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