The aim of the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Business is to provide students with a sound, basic business education. It is suitable for those seeking careers in industry, commerce and public administration. It is a well-regarded qualification for entry to Higher Education and advanced professional studies.


It is, above all, a course based on practical principles and designed to develop the skills of students and to enable them to solve problems that are likely to arise in daily work. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work.
Some adult learners may wish to complete this qualification in order to enter a
specialist area of employment or progress into higher education. Other learners may
want to extend the specialism that they followed on the BTEC National Certificate
Progression from the BTEC National Diploma could be into employment where
learners might take professional body examinations or complete NVQs. Alternatively,
learners could continue to degree or other higher-education programmes in the same
vocational sector or in a related sector.

The Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies syllabus develops learners' understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Learners find out how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence. 

Learners not only study business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry. The syllabus provides both a foundation for further study at Cambridge International A Level and an ideal preparation for the world of work.