Course Entry Requirements

You will need a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English Language plus GCSE Business (if studied) or a Merit grade in BTEC First Award in Business/BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise (if studied).


You will develop a real understanding, both theoretically & practically, of becoming an effective business professional. This subject combines well with many other subjects including
Maths, IT, Law, Economics, Languages. You will research real businesses to improve your knowledge and understanding and gain experience and skills during a work placement in year two. You will also take part in trips and extra-curricular activities.

What you will study

Extended Certificate – 4 units
Diploma – 8 units

A mixture of mandatory and optional units covering topics such as marketing, personal and business finance, event management, international business and principles of management.


  • 50% Coursework – You must enjoy report writing and independent research
  • 50% Exams – Two external exams in January

A variety of communication methods eg reports, presentations, debates as well as practical activities such as market research, teamwork and project management.

One Week Work Placement

You will receive help from our Work Experience Co-ordinator to find a placement. Examples include solicitors, schools, accountants, finance departments, quantity surveyors, media design companies, dentists and so much more.

Enrichment Activities

  • Young Managers’ Programme at the University of Liverpool
  • Organising events in college
  • Trips and visits eg Warner Bros Studio, Jaguar Land Rover, Paris


A BTEC Level 3 can lead to a similar course at university, an apprenticeship, employment in a small or large organisation or even the opportunity to run your own business. BTEC Business is worth the same UCAS points as any other A Level. It is viewed favourably by universities including the competitive Russell Group. It is also endorsed by many global companies and leading business institutions.

Career Opportunities

This course leads to a variety of careers including Marketing, Leisure & Tourism, Media, Accounting, Management Retail, Hospitality, Recruitment, Sales, Retail Management

Further Information

BTEC BUSINESS course leaflet

Exam board course specification


What Our Students Say

Studying BTEC Business has given me subject knowledge and confidence to be offered an internship at one of the world’s biggest employers ‘IBM’. This is due to my BTEC Business tutor pushing me to be the best I can be and encouraging me to fulfil my potential which led to my successful appointment.

During my two years at Carmel, I have achieved more than I ever thought I would. BTEC business provides you with all round knowledge that will allow you to think outside of the box and set you up with life skills essential for the future.

After I leave college, I start a degree apprenticeship with IBM which includes recruitment and project management working with the HMRC and DWP. This wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the skills, I have gained through studying BTEC Business. I would highly recommend this course as it opens so many opportunities for the future.

Gemma Hall

BTEC Business student Gemma Hall