Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate
Equivalent to an A Level

Course content

Core content:

  • Exploring Business2  ?
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign1  ?
  • Personal and Business Finance1  ?

Optional elements:  

  • Human Resources - Recruitment and Selection Process2  ?
  • Investigating Customer Service2  ?
  • Market Research2  ?

1 Assignments externally assessed
A written exam or task assessed under supervised conditions.  For tasks, students will be given a case study two weeks before the assessment period in order to carry out research and then complete the task within a set time limit.

2 Assignments internally assessed
An assignment brief is given to students which details the unit tasks that are based around work-related scenarios.  Assignments can include research, projects, investigations and fieldwork, often linking theory with practical exercises.

Grading - A student’s final grade reflects their achievements across all units.  Both internally and externally-assessed units are individually graded as either Pass, Merit or Distinction and each final unit grade is allocated points.  The total points scored across all units are used to calculate the final qualification grade.

Who is this qualification for?

This course is ideal for Sixth Formers who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to university and ultimately onto employment in a wide range of occupational areas, such as human resources, marketing, finance and operational management.  The course offers the same UCAS points as an A Level.

Career pathways

The course provides a vocationally relevant qualification for those planning to enter the business sector or those wishing to gain UCAS points for higher education to study business-related degrees, such as Accounting & Finance, Business & Management, International Business or Marketing.  When taken alongside other qualifications in the Sixth Form Curriculum, students can progress to the majority of universities for entry to degree courses.

This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice.  Therefore, the course is an ideal introduction to an apprenticeship scheme or for those intending to enter their family business.

Developing transferable skills for university and employment

This course will prepare students for progression to university and beyond by developing the ability to:

  • Learn independently
  • Research actively and methodically
  • Give effective presentations
  • Be active group members
  • Read, critique and summarise technical texts
  • Write effectively
  • Analyse information
  • Think critically

There will be opportunities to develop employability skills valuable in the workplace:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions and use systems and technology.
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing and self-presentation.
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience and self-monitoring.


Lichfield Cathedral School by Numbers

17 A2 Level subjects
14 Visiting music teachers
19 Children attending Toddler Rhyme Time
140 Members of staff