National Diploma – Level 3 Business

What will you do on this course?

This is a practical course that looks at real life situations and allows students to develop the skills and knowledge required in a modern day business.

All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include:

  • The ability to learn independently.
  • The ability to research actively and methodically.
  • To be able to give presentations and be active group members.

Learners will study four mandatory units including:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Principles of Management

And you will also study a range of optional units including:

  • Managing an Event
  • International Business
  • Investigating Customer Service


How will you be assessed?

Most units are internally assessed. This means that your teachers set and assess the assignments that provide the final assessment of each unit. You will be given opportunities to write up the findings of your own research, use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, carry out projects, and demonstrate practical and technical skills.

Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in BTEC Level 3 Business are examinations and set tasks. BTEC learning has always encouraged learners to apply their learning in realistic contexts using scenarios and realistic activities that will draw on and apply their learning.

What could this course lead to?

You can progress onto business related degrees at well-respected universities and potential career paths includes

  • BA(Hons) in Business
  • BA(Hons) in International Business
  • BA(Hons) in Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Finance
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management


Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business should have five GCSE passes (grade 4 or above.  Students should be prepared to work collaboratively with their peers and also take responsibility for their own independent learning during the course.  It is not a requirement to study Business before starting the course.

What syllabus do you follow?

The exam board is Pearson BTEC. The qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels, and it has been designed as a full two-year programme.


BTEC Business Brochure