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The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Marketing is 360 guided learning hours and is equivalent in size to one A Level.  It may be taken alongside other Level 3 vocational qualifications and/or A Levels as part of a two-year, full-time study programme.  It could, for example, be taken alongside a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production, Travel and Tourism, IT, Photography or Graphics, broadening your potential career options.

What makes Business at HRC Special? 

  • You will partner with charities through projects to help support your local community 
  • Develop interpersonal and practical thinking skills 
  • Learn to manage time and work with set deadlines 
  • You will work with employers on work placement to develop your employability and communication skills 
  • You will be taught by industry-trained lecturers 
  • Develop your English or maths whilst studying a vocational course of your choice

What do our learners say about Level 3 BTEC?

"My personal tutor is a great teacher and has helped me out over the years with all my problems. I wouldn't change any of my teachers as they all help me to achieve high grades."

"My tutor is very helpful and assists me every time I need help; she helps me improve my work to the best of my ability."

"This college is very good and I am enjoying my course as I am achieving good grades which is going to benefit me."

"The college as a whole is calm and quiet; people mind their own business and are here to achieve their goals and to set up their future."

Career Destinations

We are proud that our students go on to careers including:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Social Media Manager
  • Email Marketing Manager
  • Advertising Co-ordinator
  • Search Engine Optimisation Specialist

What can I do next?

  • Progress to Higher Education at HRC with Foundation Degrees
  • Progress to a Degree course in Business, Marketing or Creative Industries in the business sector
  • Progress to an apprenticeship

What will I be doing?

Learners taking this qualification will study six mandatory units:

  • Careers in Marketing
  • Marketing Principles (externally assessed)
  • Customer Communications
  • Applying Digital Marketing
  • Branding Products and Services
  • Generating Customer Loyalty

Added Extras

  • Course related visits and trips
  • Guest speakers from the world of business
  • Participation in charity and fundraising events within the college

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the one-year course. You will be assessed on different assignments, tasks and a written synoptic exam

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE's including a minimum of Grade 3 maths and Grade 4 English (language or literature) or Grade 4 maths and Grade 3 English (language or literature)
Successful completion of a Level 2 Business qualification with an overall grade of Merit or above, plus a minimum of GCSE maths Grade 3 and English (language or literature) at Grade 4 or above.

Learners taking this course will have the opportunity to study GCSE maths or English and resit in November or June. 

This qualification does not expect students to have prior Marketing knowledge.

You will be required to come to college with an attitude that reflects your aspiration to develop and maintain a professional approach to your studies and improve your employability skills.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a selection of note-taking items including a text book, folder, paper and pens

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support please contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2022.

If you are 19 or over on 31 August 2022, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approximately £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5500 for a Level 3 qualification.

Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £3500 for a Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, book fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change

Additional Costs

You may also be required to pay a materials fee of approximately £50.

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