Applied General Business

We've updated qualifications to reflect changes to 2021 exams and assessment.

Read about the changes to 2021 exams for Applied General Business

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Specification code: 1830
  • QAN code: 601/7145/5; 601/7146/7

Our Level 3 vocational qualifications are a practical introduction to business, and support progression to further study or employment. They're included in the Department for Education (DfE)'s performance tables for technical and vocational qualifications aimed at students aged 16 to 19. They also attract UCAS tariff points.

Developed together with teachers, schools, colleges and higher education institutions, they help learners to develop fundamental business and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.

A mixture of assessment types means learners can apply their knowledge in a practical way. Our integrated approach creates a realistic and relevant qualification for learners.

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Key dates

  • 25 January 2021Level 3 Certificate Business Subjects (ABS3)
  • 10 June 2021 Exam for Level 3 Certificate Applied Business 1 (ABS1)
    Series: June 2021
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 30m
  • 14 June 2021 Exam for Level 3 Certificate Applied Business 4 (ABS4)
    Series: June 2021
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 30m

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The new qualification looks greatly improved from the old specification - more dynamic and relevant

Dr Cathy Dolan, Leeds University Business School

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