BTEC Nationals in Business: delivery support

17 June 2022

This page will help you to plan your delivery of our Level 3 (RQF) BTEC Nationals in Business.

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You may also be interested in a sister page which tries to support your understanding of the assessment of the qualification.


There are five qualifications in this sector:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Business (180 GLH) 601/7155/8
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business (360 GLH) 601/7159/5
  • BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business (510 GLH) 601/7161/3
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business (720 GLH) 601/7157/1
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business (1080 GLH) 601/7160/1.

Delivery support

Your first step will depend on whether or not your school or college already has, or needs to apply for, centre approval.  If your centre is already approved, or once you have centre approval, the next step is to obtain programme approval.

Once these preliminary steps have been taken you are ready to embark on the twelve steps of the delivery cycle.  The whole process has been summarised on the page below (Getting started with BTEC).

Getting Started: ways to teach and assess BTEC Nationals in Business

The BTEC Works website includes stories you can share with learners and help with the planning of options evenings.

The order in which you teach the units will depend very much on your approach to the qualification.  If you plan the course over two years you have a degree of freedom which you don't have if you adopt a staged certification approach.

The staged registration/certification approach involves registration for a smaller sized qualification in Year 1 and topping up to the larger qualification in Year 2, for example delivering the Extended Certificate in the first year and then topping up to the Diploma in the second year.

The units are not all the same size:

  • the mandatory units are either 90glh or 120glh
  • the optional units are all 60glh
The optional units are smaller they carry a smaller weight than the mandatory units in the final grade calculation.  Optional units need to be completed, not necessarily passed and might be a way of easing your learners into internal assessment more gently than tackling the more 'high stakes' mandatory units right at the start.
The externally assessed mandatory units are available in both the January and the May exam series.  We would advise against entering learners for the externally assessed units in the January series of their first year as they may not have had time to develop the skills required.


We have a number of activity sheets available suitable for your induction programme.You can find thse in the Zip file blow called 'Skills for Learning and Work'

These activity sheets aim to foster awareness-raising, discussion, and learning with opportunities for the teacher to confirm and consolidate points out of discussion.The sheets focus on:

  • personal student organisational skills (learning and thinkin, understanding assessment, planning for study and work, time management)
  • writing based skills (researching, analysing and noting information, citing and referencing to avoid plagiarism, the writing process, essy-styl assignments, report-writing, revision skills)
  • personal self-development skills (team work, presentations skills, employability and personal skills, self development)

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The BTEC Delivery Guide provides delivery guidance for all units and we also have schemes of work for the first seven units (the mandatory units).  

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The “Teach accounting with confidence” course uses the BaSIS Framework to help learners understand the accounting equation and the relationship between assets, liabilities, equity, income and expenses. The Colour Accounting Learning System is an educational approach that makes accounting education accessible, engaging and fun for learners and teachers alike.

The course is hosted on the Accounting Cafe website.

The introdcutory session outlines the pedagogy.

Listen to the introductory session

There are then further sessions on:

  • introduction to the fundamentals of accounting
  • non-current assets
  • statement of financial position
  • sources of finance
  • gross profit and expenses
  • statement of comprehensive income
  • cash flows
  • break-even
  • personal finance

Each session includes a recording and access to free teaching resources, presentations, class activities and assessment practice examples.

The materials are all free. The first step is to create an account on the Accounting Cafe website.

We have a BTEC Facebook group where you can share ideas and post questions. The group has over 3000 members.

As well as the Facebook group there is a new, public, subject community where you will be able to see all posts without logging in, although you will need to log in with your Edexcel Online details to post a comment.


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Taking Care of Business is a new immersive exhibition at the Migration Museum which runs to 5 March 2023.

Entrepreneurship has always been at the heart of the immigrant experience. Migrant entrepreneurs have influenced the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and many other aspects of our lives. This exhibition tells some of their stories.

The museum is based in Lewisham Shopping Centre, London SE13 7HB and welcomes educational visits which might be appropriate for BTEC Nationals in Business (Unit 1 Learning Aim E).

BTEC Business Professional Bodies Partnerships

We have partnership agreements with the following organisations:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • CII (Chartered Institute of Insurance)
  • CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
  • CMI (Chartered Management Institute)

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global professional body for professional accountants.


The CII is the Chartered Insurance Institute.

They are a professional body dedicated to building public trust in the insurance and financial planning professions.


The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s leading professional body for marketing, with over 28,000 members worldwide, of which there are over 2,500 Chartered Marketers. CIM’s mission is to create a marketing advantage for the benefit of professionals, business and society with a focus on export, data and skills.


The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) are the the only Chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. With over 150,000 members worldwide, CMI's mission is to increase the number of professionally qualified managers and leaders resulting in better led and managed organisations.


Free resources

The Chartered Institute of Marketing has some interesting resources on its content hub. Some of these might be of interest for teachers delivering Unit 2 on the BTEC Nationals.

Two Teachers have created a number of short video clips which cover content from the BTEC Nationals including:

  • Unit 2 (Marketing Mix 7Ps)
  • Unit 3 (Functions of Money, current accounts, ratios, depreciation)
  • Unit 6 (Management and Leadership)

Paid-for resources

Pearson publishers have student books (paper and digital), teaching packs and revision books:

  • Student book 1 covers units 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 14, 16, 22 and 23.
  • Student book 2 covers units 5, 6, 7, 19 and 21.
  • There are revision resources for units 2, 3, 6 and 7

Pearson publishers have teaching packs for units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 19, 21, 22 and 23.

This new digital resource accompanies the BTEC Nationals in Business.

Each unit can be purchased individually or as course packs per learner. Currently, Business+ is available for Units 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 17 and 22.

Each unit is available to purchase individually, with prices from as little as £6 per student.

Every purchase for the Learning Hub comes with a complementary login for teachers.


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