Business Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

Would you like to run an International Business? Maybe you have the potential to be one of Lord Sugar’s future “Apprentices”? The practical nature of the course is ideal in setting you off in the right direction for understanding the complex business world we work in.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Course Content

You will study the major functions in business, through a real “hands-on” approach. Each operational area is linked to a real business and you will visit the organisation, or benefit from a presentation by one of their managers. Some of the units will have a slightly different focus and be based around other practical activities. The course involves a variety of learning methods; group work, presentations, industrial visits, guest speakers from industry and interactive activities. Some of your teachers are senior examiners, helping to maximise your skills and grades.


You will be assessed via coursework.  This will comprise of reports, presentations and practical tasks.  There are six units in total which cover a variety of business topics, enabling you to gain a holistic view of the business world.

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is an expectation to complete a minimum of one week work placement in the summer term. You will be proactive in finding a placement that will enable you to use your skills and to enrich your experience so that any applications for university or employment will show that you have good practical, as well as good academic levels of achievement.

Additional Information

Links with other subjects:

This course combines with many A Level subjects and students commonly choose subjects such as Accounting, Law, and ICT.

Future Career Opportunities

This course provides solid and varied business knowledge and is good preparation for a successful career. Students find themselves ideally prepared to enter a range of professions including financial services, sales and retailing, office administration, accounting and the banking sector.  The course is highly regarded by universities and provides the necessary entry requirements for a wide range of higher education courses.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

The department prides itself on its excellent BTEC results and has enjoyed 100% pass rates, with higher grade passes well in excess of the national averages for a number of years. Our business teachers have all had experience of working in business prior to teaching. Between them, the teaching staff have worked in a wide range of functions including marketing, finance, human resources, manufacturing and retail to list but a few. Their first-hand knowledge helps you to gain an insight into the real world of business at work.