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Business National Extended Certificate



Why study Business?

The CBI’s Education and Skills Survey revealed that self-management, business and customer awareness, teamwork and problem solving are key attributes that employers look for in employees. This qualification enables pupils to investigate a range of businesses across a range of related topics, developing skills in marketing, finance, event management, international business and human resources.

What skills are required?

Over the duration of the course pupils will be supported in developing necessary skills to obtain the qualification. However, it is vital that they are committed, organised and enthusiastic and have a desire to want to succeed in the world of Business and Enterprise.

Pupils will be expected to carry out independent research and use their findings to draw conclusions. They will also be expected to use data from a range of sources to make clear recommendations and present their work in a suitable format.

Course Content

In the first year students will study:
• Unit 1: Exploring Business
• Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance

During this time students will complete eight pieces of coursework and one external examination.

In the second year students will study:
• Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
• Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection

During this time pupils will complete coursework, including conducting their own selection interviews. They will also complete one external case study assessment.

How will it be assessed?

Units 1 & 8

  • Internally set and assessed, externally verified coursework

Unit 2

  • Pre-seen case study, external assessment
  • 6 hours supervised with 3 hours write up

Unit 3

  • Written examination
  • (2 hours)
  • 100 marks


This qualification is usually taken alongside other qualifications and can lead to careers and further qualifications, such as apprenticeships and degrees in areas such as Banking, Retail, Business Management, Marketing, Sales, Production, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Law and Administration.

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