Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (QCF)

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (QCF)

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business aims at broadening and expanding the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and the BTEC level 3 90-credits Diploma. It works to prepare the learner for employment in the appropriate vocational sector. It is also suitable for those intending to enter a specific area of work related to this qualification. This qualification is equivalent to the 2 GCE A Levels.

Moreover, some learners may wish to gain this qualification to join a specialist area of employment or advance to a level 4 programme. For instance, some learners may advance the specialism they studied on the BTEC Level 3 Certificate, BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, or BTEC Level 3 90-credits Diploma programme.

Rules of Combination for Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business

When combining units of the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business, the center has the mandate to ensure the following rules are followed:

  1. Qualification credit value of a minimum of 120 credits
  2. Minimum credit to be attained at, or above, the level of the qualification is 90 credits
  3. Compulsory unit credit is 40 credits
  4. Optional unit credit is 80 credits
  5. A maximum of 20 optional credits can come from other levels 3 BTEC units to meet local needs.


The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business is a 120 credit and requires 720 guided hours. It consists of four mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 120 credits.

Mandatory Units

  1. The Business Environment – 10 credits
  2. Business Resources – 10 credits
  3. Introduction to Marketing – 10 credits
  4. Business Communication – 10 credits

Optional Units – Choose any eight units from these below

  • Accounting Pathway Optional Units
  1. Business Accounting -10 credits
  2. Financial Accounting – 10 credits
  3. Management Accounting – 10 credits
  4. Accounting Systems – 10 credits


  • Marketing Pathway Optional Units
  1. Creative Product Promotion – 10 credits
  2. Market Research in Business – 10 credits
  3. Relationship Marketing – 10 credits
  4. Internet Marketing in Business – 10 credits


  • Human Resources Pathway Optional Units
  1. Recruitment and Selection in Business – 10 credits
  2. Aspects of Employment Law – 10 credits
  3. Development Planning for a Career in Business – 10 credits
  4. Human Resource Management in Business – 10 credits


  • Management Pathway Optional Units
  1. Training in the Business Workplace
  2. Managing a Business Event
  3. Developing Teams in Business
  4. Managing Physical Resources in a Business Environment


  • Law Pathway Optional Units
  1. Aspects of Contract and Business Law – 10 credits
  2. Aspects of Civil Liability for Business – 10 credits
  3. Aspects of the Legal System and Law-making Process – 10 credits
  4. Aspects of Criminal Law Relating to Business – 10 credits


  • Administration Pathway Optional Units
  1. Supporting Business Activities – 10 credits
  2. Managing Business Information – 10 credits
  3. Understanding Health and Safety in the Business Workplace
  4. Business Project management


  • Retail Pathway Optional Units
  1. Understanding Retailing – 10 credits
  2. Visual Merchandising in Retail – 10 credits
  3. Fashion Retailing – 10 credits
  4. Food Retailing – 10 credits


  • General Optional Units
  1. The Impact of Communications Technology on Business – 10 credits
  2. Website Design Strategy – 10 credits
  3. Supply Chain and Stock Management – 10 credits
  4. Starting a Small Business – 10 credits
  5. Understanding Business Ethics – 10 credits
  6. Business and the Economic Environment – 10 credits
  7. International Business – 10 credits
  8. Computer Applications for Financial Management – 10 credits
  9. Business Markets and the Economy – 10 credits
  10. Quality Management Systems in Logistics -10 credits


  • Logistics Pathway Optional Units
  1. Transport Planning – 10 credits
  2. Operational Management of Road Transport – 10 credits
  3. Transport Systems and the Environment – 10 credits
  4. Supply Chain Organisation – 10 credits


For this qualification, one specialist pathway title can be added to the qualification title if all the four units in that pathway have been completed. In case, one specialist pathway is completed, the learner must choose which one of the two titles to add.


For instance, if units 1-12 inclusive are complete by a learner. The learner can either choose the title Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (Accounting), or Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (Marketing). You don’t have to select a complete pathway.


Assessment and Grading

Each unit within this qualification has a specified assessment and grading criteria that are used for grading purposes. Nonetheless, a summative unit grade can be awarded at Pass, Merit, or Distinction.


To be awarded a Pass grade, the learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria. Merit grade is awarded to learners who have satisfied all the merit grading criteria. A distinction is awarded to learners that have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.

Calculation of the Qualification Grade

Learners who achieve the minimum eligible credit value specified by the rule of the combination will attain the qualification at Pass Grade. Learners will receive a Merit or Distinction qualification grade by the aggregation of points gained through successful attainment of individual units.

Points Available for Credits achieved at different Levels and unit Grades

  • Pass – 7 points per credit
  • Merit – 8 points per credit
  • Distinction – 9 points per credit

Points Range above Pass Grade

Points                               Grade

  • 880 – 919 MP
  • 920 – 959 MM
  • 960 – 999 DM
  • 1000 – 1029 DD
  • 1030 – 1059 D*D
  • 1060 and above D*D*


Mode of Delivery

Pearson doesn’t have a defined mode of study for the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business. As such, the centers are free to offer this qualification using any mode of delivery they wish. They can use full-time, part-time, distance-learning, or evening only, whichever meets the learners’ needs.


Moreover, the centers must ensure that the learners have unlimited access to resources identified in the unit outline and by the subject specialist delivering the learning.


Delivery Approach

Centers are tasked to develop an approach to teaching and learning that effectively supports the specialist vocational nature of this qualification and the mode of delivery. Tutors should strike a balance of practical skill development and knowledge requirements, with some being theoretical.


Moreover, tutors should ensure the use of appropriate links between theory and practical application and knowledge base is applied to the sector. The developments of relevant and up-to-date teaching materials allow learners to apply their learning to actual events activities within the sector.

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