Business Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Description

Do you see yourself following a career in a business environment? Perhaps you have the potential to be one of Lord Sugar’s future “Apprentices”! The practical nature of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business makes it the ideal course to set you off in the right direction. Over the two years of this full time vocational course you will study all of the major functions in business through a real “hands-on” approach. Each operational area that you study is linked to a real business. You will visit this 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 experience that you will gain will help you to understand business theories through seeing them at work in practical situations. This depth of understanding makes you very attractive to employers and to admissions tutors at universities.

Your teaching team come from a range of backgrounds; accounting, event management, marketing, banking and retailing. They all have industrial experience, complemented with a contagious enthusiasm and they will make sure you achieve above and beyond your own expectations in a very exciting way. Some of them are senior examiners helping to maximise the best chance of success!

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma, including grade 4 in English Language and a minimum of grade 3 in Mathematics.

Course Content

You will cover 13 varied units over the two years, exploring all areas of business. Units include: Unit 1: Exploring Business; Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign;

Unit 3: Personal & Business Finance; Unit 4: Managing an Event; Unit 5: International Business; Unit 6: Principals of Management and Unit 7: Business Decision Making.

These are assessed via a combination of assignment work and examinations. You will be creative in your provision of evidence and tasks set ranging from; role plays, displays, Prezi, power point presentations, interviews, leaflets, off-site team building events and many more. We are very much a team in Business and you are a key part of our team throughout your two years.


This course is equivalent to three A Levels in Business. You are graded from a Distinction* to Pass. You will be monitored and assessed throughout the course and your teachers will ensure that you are continually aware of your achievement. You will be assessed mainly via coursework with some external assessment. This will comprise of reports, presentations and practical tasks. There are a wide variety of business topics, enabling you to gain a holistic view of the business world.

Enrichment and Work Experience

As part of the course, work experience is compulsory and helps you engage with the world of work. You will run a Christmas project selling goods in the local market. There will also be workshops and trips involving leading employers and industry experts (e.g. Barclays, Nat West, ICAEW) and working with local universities in the North West. Some selected students will do a substantive placement of 350 hours or 50 days of work experience and all other students will undertake a minimum of one week of work placement as part of the course.

Additional Information

Students will be required to do additional reading to develop an awareness of emerging technologies. This can be achieved through internet research and reviewing technology broadcasts such as the BBC's "Click" programme and different websites such as Extreme Tech and Google's 'Wired'.

Future Career Opportunities

This course provides exciting, solid and varied business knowledge; all good preparation for a successful career. Students find themselves ideally prepared to enter a range of professions including: accounting, financial services, sales, retailing, office administration, banking, teaching and business management. 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?

This is an energetic and dynamic course which examines the world around you; we look at a variety of industries and sectors; Manchester United Football Club, the NHS, The Sixth Form itself and a huge range of organisations to see exactly what business ‘is all about’ and how businesses function and grow.

Primark or Armani? Samsung or Apple? Which brand would you choose and why? How are we manipulated by marketing and image? Profit or loss? How does this occur and why are some organisations so successful yet others fail? Am I a Shaper or a Chairperson? What type of team member are you and why does this matter? These are just some of the questions you will consider and assess. There is a wide variety of content in your course; work experience, visiting speakers from industry, trips and visits to Alton Towers, MUFC and the Trafford Centre are just a sample of the ways in which we bring business to you.