AQA Level 3 Certificate in Enterprise, Employability and Personal Finance (Applied General 2016 and 2017)

  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

The qualification is listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables for Applied General qualifications

The purpose of this qualification is to develop learners’ transferable knowledge and skills in enterprise, employability and personal finance and to prepare them for further learning, training and employment.

Applied General qualifications are recognised by at least three higher education providers.

This qualification enables students to:

  • acquire and develop a range of valuable transferable skills such as communication, team work and problem solving
  • develop an understanding of what it means to be enterprising
  • develop and apply their literacy and numeracy skills in real life contexts
  • practise independent learning, self-management and research skills
  • to help prepare them for employment, further or higher education
Education context

Following the Wolf review of vocational qualifications in England in 2011, the Department for Education announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Applied General qualifications have to demonstrate in order to feature in performance tables from 2016.

As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables will not be recognised in 2016 and beyond.

The new characteristics define purpose, size and recognition.

Qualifications to be included in the performance tables from 2018 will have to meet further requirements in respect of content, assessment, and grading.

Qualifications can be included in the 2017 performance tables according to the 2016 (interim) or 2018 (full) requirements.

This qualification does not meet the full 2018 requirements.

The Level 3 Certificate in Enterprise, Employability and Personal Finance was developed to give students a progression route from Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications in Enterprise.

Awarding organisation
  • AQA
Qualification code
600/7269/6 (AQA Level 3 Certificate in Enterprise, Employability and Personal Finance)

The specification is linear in structure and is examined and assessed at the end of either a one or two-year study programme.

Subject areas
  • Enterprise
  • Employability
  • Personal finance
  • Level 3

A – E


Learners sit a terminal external examination.

They also undertake an Enterprise project, which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

External examination: 60% of Level 3 Certificate

Enterprise project: 40% of Level 3 Certificate

Resit arrangements

Component results remain available to count towards certification, whether or not they have already been used, as long as the specification is still valid.

Learners may resit a component any number of times within the shelflife of the specification.

The best result for each component counts towards the final qualification.

Learners who wish to repeat a qualification may do so by resitting one or more components.

Guided / notional learning hours
AQA Level 3 Certificate in Enterprise, Employability and Personal Finance (Applied General) 2016 and 2017 : 180 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes

For comparison, an A level is 360 GLH

UCAS Tariff points

AQA Certificate in Enterprise, Employability and Personal Finance

Grade Points
A 20
B 16
C 12
D 10
E 6
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Applied General qualifications allow 16 – 19 years old learners to develop transferable knowledge and skills.

At least three higher education providers have pledged support for all approved Applied General qualifications.

This qualification is designed to allow entry to higher education in conjunction with other qualifications.

Learners may combine this qualification with other qualifications such as A level, AS, or Tech levels.

Holders of this qualification will have experienced external examination assessment.

Timing of assessments and results

The Enterprise project must be completed and sent for external moderation by mid-May.

The external examination is taken in late June.

The results are available mid-August.

Qualification dates notes

The final resit opportunity will be June 2017.

Certification information

Certificates are issued in October.

Progression information

This qualification develops transferable skills and is not designed to support direct entry to employment.

It is designed to help support entry to higher education if taken as part of a full Level 3 study programme.