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After the Pearson BTEC Level 3 in Business

After the Pearson BTEC Level 3 in Business

After the Pearson BTEC Level 3 in Business

Recently we discussed what to expect during our Level 2 and Level 3 in Business courses. Today, we will be looking at some of the options available to you after completing the BTEC Level 3 in Business qualification.
A popular choice for students once they’ve completed the BTEC Level 3 in Business course is to continue on to further study at BTEC Levels 4 and 5 – known as an HNC (Higher National Certificate) and HND (Higher National Diploma) respectively. However, there are further options for graduates; we will discuss further study after Level 3 in addition to apprenticeships and internships today.

HNCs and HNDs

Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas equate to the first two years of an undergraduate degree. They are created with input from employers, senior academics and industry experts and are good options for those looking to gain a balance of practical and academic skills to take into employment. The qualifications are more specific to a particular profession than a degree, but less fixed to a role than an apprenticeship. The natural progression after the BTEC Level 3 in Business is to complete a BTEC Level 4 in Business (HNC) and then a BTEC Level 5 in Business (HND). We offer a BTEC Level 5 in Business from our UKCBC London Campuses – the first year is the equivalent of an HNC and the second is the equivalent of an HND.


Apprenticeships are paid roles and combine on-the-job training with the study of a formal qualification; the apprentice is likely to spend one day or so during the week outside of work in order to gain a qualification that usually benefits their ability to carry out the role. There are different levels of apprenticeship and the duration depends on the difficulty of the qualification gained. In the UK you can gain a diploma, for example, whilst completing an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are great options for those who know or have a good idea of the professional role they want to progress into. The benefits of an apprenticeship are that you get to work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills. It is not uncommon for an employer to ask an apprentice to stay on and join the company after completing an apprenticeship.


If you live at home, an internship could be a useful and convenient option for you. Internships can be paid positions but they can also be unpaid. An internship is a period of work experience and can last up to a year depending on the business/sector, however they will usually be shorter if you’ve just completed the BTEC Level 3 in Business qualification. Internships are popular with businesses as they benefit from additional help (from the intern) without the higher cost of hiring an apprentice/new member of staff. If you are able to keep yourself financially comfortable (as you may not receive any pay during your internship), an internship is a great way of viewing how a company works from the inside whilst gaining on-the-job skills. Employers like to offer internships to individuals to gauge their capability for a role. You will not usually gain a qualification from an internship, but you will gain work experience and potentially a new job, too.

Looking for further guidance regarding your next step after completing the BTEC Level 3 in Business? Talk to one of UKCBC Dubai’s course advisors today for free, impartial advice.