Enterprise and Entrepreneurship BTEC

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A level)

‘In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.’ Harold S. Geneen www.brainyquote.com

Who is it for?

Anyone with an interest in a career in business, and who would prefer a more ‘hands-on’, vocational approach to learning.

The BTEC National Extended Certificate is broadly equivalent to one A Level and is graded pass, merit, distinction, or distinction* (P, M, D, D*).

Entry Requirements

The general entrance requirements apply. If students have previously studied business BTEC at Level 2 a minimum of a pass grade or business at GCSE a grade 4 is required.

Course content

This is a two year course consisting of four units and is the equivalent to one A level. The units will give you an introduction to, and understanding of what is involved in being an entrepreneur and starting your own business. You will explore marketing as well as personal and business finance – all fundamental to the success of entrepreneurs and business organisations. You will also develop an understanding of social enterprise and have the opportunity to plan and run a short social enterprise activity.

The units are:

  • Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal and business finance
  • Social enterprise
  • Assessment

There are 4 units, spread over the 2 years. Each unit will be assessed and must be complete to a pass, merit or distinction level in order to complete the course.

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship – internally assessed coursework unit (25%)
  • Developing a marketing campaign – externally assessed synoptic task (25%)
  • Personal and business finance – written examination (33%)
  • Social Enterprise – internally assessed coursework unit that includes practical tasks (17%)

Career Prospects

BTECs allow students to move on to higher education, to progress further in their career, to start their career in a certain industry or in some instances give them the skills to start their own business. They allow the student flexibility and choice in what they choose to do. Business employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods.

The BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship provides a route to employment into the many diverse areas of business. These could include: roles in specialist areas such as management, marketing, finance, customer service or human resources in large organisations, and a more generic role in a small local business.

For further information, contact:

Mrs E Staines, Mr W Greenwood, or Miss N Kali