Btec National Diploma Business Level 3 Coursework Or Course

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  • Meet every deadline. Don’t leave it to the last minute. The program is entirely coursework based and some assignments are very long, if you fall behind you will be playing catch up the rest of the year.
  • The maximum UCAS points you can get from this course is 360 which is equivalent to DDD (3 Distinctions). Aim to get at least DDM (2 Distinctions, 1 Merit – equivalent to 320 UCAS points) if you want to get in to any decent universities.
  • Make sure to structure your assignments. A well structured assignment will ensure you write about everything you have to, if you are struggling use some of my work as a reference.
  • The units in year one tend to be easier than the units in year two. Get as many distinctions as you can in year one and it will ease the pressure in your final year.
  • Talk to people in your class, often a quick conversation about the task can clear things up and let you crack on with your work.
  • If you really are stuck and you’ve found no help on the web don’t hesitate to ask your tutor, they will give you excellent guidance on what you need to do. They are the ones that will be marking your work so if you know exactly what they want you to do then it’s plain sailing.

 

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BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.
BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-Levels.
BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-Level.

Why should I study this subject?

These are specialist courses which focus on the education and training of students who are interested in a career in business.

They are vocational qualifications which mean that whilst providing one, two or three A-Level equivalent qualification in Business they also provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop skills for employment. They can also lead to further study in Business related fields at university.

You can follow a BTEC Business course at New College in one of three ways:

BTEC Extended Certificate which over 2 years is equivalent to 1 A-Level and will cover all of the core units plus an additional 2 units including, for example, health and safety at work.

BTEC Diploma which over 2 years is equivalent to 2 A-Levels and will cover all of the core units plus an additional 8 units including, for example, developing working in teams.

BTEC Extended Diploma which over 2 years is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and will cover all of the core units plus an additional 14 units including, for example, retail management.

What will I study?

The new BTECs are made up of mandatory and optional units. Mandatory units are assessed in three ways: by assignments that are set and marked by staff at New College, tasks that are set and marked by the exam board and written exams that are set and marked by the exam board. Optional units are set and marked by staff at New College.

What are the entry requirements?

Level 4 in English Language and Level 4 in Maths.

What skills do I need?

In order to succeed in the BTEC Extended Certificate/Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Business you need to be punctual, well organised and have good attention to detail. It helps if you are IT literate, creative and you are a good time manager. Additionally you need to be able to work hard and meet deadlines.

How will I be taught?

You will be required to complete coursework tasks and prepare for an examined unit, your course work could be made up of :

  • Written reports
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Role plays or
  • web based tasks.

The examined unit will be Personal and Business Finance.

How will I be assessed?

The course offers a balanced range of assessment methods so that learners can demonstrate their knowledge in a range of scenarios:

Extended Certificate – 2 assignments set and marked internally; a task set and marked by Pearsons plus a written exam set and marked by Pearsons

Diploma – 5 assignments set and marked internally; 2 tasks set and marked by Pearsons plus a written exam set and marked by Pearsons

Extended Diploma – 9 assignments set and marked internally; 3 tasks set and marked by Pearsons plus a written exam set and marked by Pearsons.

What will the course prepare me for?

All our BTEC courses prepare students for employment in an appropriate vocational sector or to progress on to a higher educational programme of study.

How much private study should I expect to do?

In order to meet coursework deadlines and prepare for exams you will be expected to do at least six hours private study a week.

What materials will I need to purchase?

Basic stationery is needed for the Extended Certificate/Diploma/ Extended Diploma and ideally a USB/Memory stick.

What is the exam board?

The exam board is Pearsons, formerly Edexcel.

This subject is for you if…
you are looking for an excellent introduction to a real business career or further studies in a vocationally business area.

This subject is not for you if…
you are not prepared to work hard both in and outside of lessons and are unable to meet deadlines.

“A challenging yet fun course to study. The college’s friendly staff made learning easier.”
Jennifer Palmiano, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College (Philippines)

“A great way to get your mind set for life in a business environment. Lovely supportive staff.”
Ben Spencer, Minsthorpe Community College

 

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