BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business – equivalent to 1 A level
This course is equivalent to 1 A Level. There are four mandatory units of work, two of which are externally assessed, by the examining board, Edexcel.
The four mandatory units are:
Unit 1 – Exploring Business – this is an introductory unit which is internally assessed, studying the purpose of different businesses, their structure and the effect of the external environment.
Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign – In this unit learners will gain skills relating to and an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. This unit is assessed under supervised conditions.
Unit 3 - Personal and Business Finance – An externally marked written examination.
Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process – Learners explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. The unit gives learners the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review their performance.
The 2 external assessment is a practical exam, completed in school. This must be passed in order to be awarded the qualification.
The internally assessed units will consist of several assignments which cover the assessment criteria. Students work with the teacher and independently to complete the work.
Although not essential, having studied a business course at Level 2 would be beneficial. English and Mathematics Level 4 or above preferred