George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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BTEC National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level) - New 2016;
BTEC National Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels) - New 2016

Students will develop a sound understanding of the business world and the range of areas within this subject. Students will be able to explore how a business operates and how marketing and finance help a business to achieve their objectives. All tasks are applied to real businesses to allow students to develop skills required to respond to real issues in the business world. The range of assessment methods will allow students to develop exam and assignment response skills. 95% of universities and colleges in the UK now accept BTECs – including Oxford University (Source: UCAS, Meeting the Needs of Learners, Providers and Universities (2016)

Exam board/specification

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business (360 GLH) 601/7159/5
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business (720 GLH) 601/7157/1

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs graded 5 or above including English and Maths

Progression routes from this course

Students can progress onto degree courses covering a whole range of business areas such as Human Resources, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Economics and Business Law.


Mrs S Butt (Head of Business Studies), email:


Unit examples* include:

  • Unit 1: Exploring Business
  • Unit 2: Developing a marketing campaign (controlled coursework)
  • Unit 3: Personal and Business finance
  • Unit 4: Managing an event
  • Unit 5: International business
  • Unit 6: Principles of management
  • Plus optional units such as
  • Unit 8: Recruitment & Selection
  • Unit 14: Investigating Customers
  • Unit 18: Creative promotion
  • Unit 22: Market Research
  • Unit 23: The English Legal System

Unit Assessment

  • Unit 1: internal assessment
  • Unit 2: external assessment (task set & marked by Pearson - 3 hrs)
  • Unit 3: external assessment (written exam set & marked by Pearson - 2 hrs)
  • Unit 4: internal assessment
  • Unit 5: internal assessment
  • Unit 6: external assessment (task set and marked by Reason - 3 hrs)
  • Unit 8: internal assessment
  • Unit 18: internal assessment


*The units studied will depend on the pathway taken (Certificate or Diploma)

Exam results 2018
BTEC Extended Certificate in Business (Single Award 2016 – A Level) 81% D*-M
100% D*-P
BTEC Diploma in Business (Double Award 2016 – 2 A Levels 77% D*D* - MM
100% D*D* - PP
AQA A2 Applied Business 67% A - B
100% A - E
Table of Business Studies exam results 2018



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