Sixth Form Course Information

Level 3 Extended certificate Business

Course Details

Awarding Body: Pearson

Staff Contacts: Mrs L Walton (

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Key features of the course

The course is run over 2 years, each year 2 units are studied. At the end of the 2 years – the course is equivalent to 1 A Level.


In year 12 – you will be required to carry out independent primary and secondary research of 2 different types of businesses and report on what you have found. The assignment you will be required to produce is split into 3 individual parts. You will be given the opportunity to visit at least 2 different businesses so you can collate the information required at this stage.

For the rest of year 12, you will be preparing for a set controlled task, which will be done in May. This requires you to investigate and do research into a set business or idea and plan a suitable marketing campaign. You are then given time to do some planning in the form of notes and have 3 hours to write a report on what you have found out about this specific business/idea.

In year 13, you will be learning all about personal and business finance through theory and you will be expected to apply this knowledge to an external assessed exam.

After this, you will be back to an assignment where the recruitment and selection process is studied.

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Minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4, with at least a grade 5 in English Language

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What could this course
lead on to?

This qualification, when studied with other level 3 qualifications, is designed primarily to support progression to employment after further study at university. However, it can also support students progressing to employment directly, or via an apprenticeship. It will give the successful student the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills that will be an advantage in applying for a range of industry linked training programmes or apprenticeships in the business or other sector of their choice.

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Future prospects
and careers

There are many different career paths for those who wish to work within the business sector. These include management, HR, finance, marketing and business information management, with the opportunity to work both in the UK and internationally.

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What type of student is this
course suitable for?

Someone that is well motivated and is interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of business from GCSE level. Deadlines are essential to be adhered to and the course requires you to stay organised and be willing to do research and preparation at home, as well as during the school day. There will be a substantial amount of reading to be done and it is necessary to act on feedback given.


It is important to understand the assessment structure of the course. What percent are the units ? Are they internally or externally assessed ? Are they exams or coursework?
Unit One
  • Internally Assessed Assignment
Unit Two
  • Externally Assessed Set Task
Unit Three
  • Externally Assessed Exam
Unit Four
  • Internally Assessed Assignment
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