The Extended Certificate in Business is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses and ultimately employment in the business sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to provide a coherent introduction to study of the business environment.
- Business environments
The optional units have been designed to support choices in progression to business courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas:
- Human resources
Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of internal and external assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. External assessment is taken under specified conditions and marked by Pearson. Internal assessments are marked by the teacher, and subject to external standards verification. The Extended Certificate consists of two externally assessed units, and two internally assessed units. Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U). The grade of Near Pass is used for externally-assessed units only.
Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Level 4 or above, including English Lit or Lang at grade 4 and Maths at Level 4. Subject specific results will also be considered when choosing this course.
The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning. It will support entry to many higher education courses, depending on the other qualifications learners have taken. The qualification can also support progression to employment directly, or via an Apprenticeship.