Introducing the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business
This is an introduction to the one-A-level-size qualification in the BTEC National Business suite.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business (601/7159/5) is a 360-GLH qualification made up of:
- 2 mandatory 90 GLH units: Exploring Business (Unit 1), and Developing a Marketing Campaign (Unit 2)
- 1 mandatory 120 GLH unit: Personal and Business Finance (Unit 3)
- 1 optional 60 GLH unit from a choice of 5.
Unit 1 - Exploring Business
Unit 1 is internally assessed and subject to external standards verification.
- Learning Aim A considers features of businesses, stakeholders and communication.
- Learning Aim B introduces business organization and objectives with Learning Aim C introducing the external environment.
- The focus of Learning Aim D is the different types of market.
- In Learning E learners investigate innovation and enterprise.
It is envisaged that this unit will be assessed in 3 assignments:
- Learning Aims A and B
- Learning Aims C and D
- Learning Aim E.
Unit 2 - Developing a Marketing Campaign
Unit 2 is assessed by a task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
The content is similar to the content in Unit 3 and part of Unit 9 in the current specification.
Learning Aim A introduces the principles and purposes of marketing. In Learning Aim B learners develop an understanding of the rationale behind a campaign before considering how a campaign is planned in Learning Aim C.
The Unit 2 task will be available for the first time in the summer 2017 exam series and twice a year thereafter (January and summer). Learners will be provided with a case study 2 weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of 3 hours and can be arranged over a number of sessions in a period timetabled by Pearson.
The task comprises 2 activities, the first on the rationale and the second on the marketing campaign plan. Each activity would be assessed against a generic mark grid. The sample assessment material includes an example of a task and the generic marking grids.
Unit 3 - Personal and Business Finance
Unit 3 is assessed by a paper-based 2-hour written test with learners working under exam conditions with formal invigilation. The test must be taken at a specified time on a set date.
The content is similar to the content in Unit 5 and part of Unit 2 on the current specification. There is also some overlap with the first unit of the current BTEC National in Personal and Business Finance.
Learning Aim A introduces learners to money, payment systems and personal finance before Learning Aim B helps students explore the financial sector.
Learning Aim C establishes the basics of accounting before sources of finance are covered in Learning Aim D.
Learning Aim E helps students understand cash flow forecasts and break-even before they move on to financial statements and ratios in Learning Aim F.
The exam assesses knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation in 2 parts. The first part of the exam (worth a third of the marks) is based on Learning Aims and B. The rest of the exam assesses Learning Aims C-F.
The exam has a total of 100 marks with a mixture of question types ranging from 2-mark knowledge questions up to 12-mark questions which assess all 4 assessment objectives.
One optional 60 GLH unit
The optional unit is internally assessed.
There is a choice of 5 units :
- Recruitment and Selection Process (Unit 8)
- Investigating Customer Service (Unit 14)
- Market Research (Unit 22)
- The English Legal System (Unit 23)
- Work Experience in Business (Unit 27)
To achieve a Level 3 Extended Certificate all 4 units must be completed and a Pass or above achieved in the 3 mandatory units.
Achievement in each unit attracts a number of grade points. The grade points are added together and the grade threshold table determines the final grade.
|Optional unit||Units 1 and 2||Unit 3||Final grade|
|60 GLH||90 GLH||120 GLH||360 GLH|