BTEC Business Studies

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

What is the content of the Course?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business has core, optional specialist and optional generic units.  Learners must complete both core units, plus further units 2 units, the other units will be specially selected units that are interesting and should enable students to do very well.

Compulsory Units:

Unit 1:   Enterprise in the Business World Internal assessed coursework.

Unit 2:   Finance for Business External assessed exam.

What skills will be developed?

The BTEC Business course is intended to provide you with an introduction to the business world, enabling you to investigate a range of study areas.  You will be able to develop your skills in the areas of:

  • Communication.
  • Application of number.
  • ICT.
  • Problem solving.
  • Working with others.
  • Improving independent learning.

It could also provide a route to employment into the many diverse areas of business, including roles in specialist areas such as marketing, finance, customer service or human resources in large businesses, or a more generic role in a small, local business.

In the two core units, learners will develop the key enterprise and financial skills and knowledge necessary to enable them to understand how businesses recognise opportunities, and build on them to succeed.  Learners will understand how a business makes and manages its money, and plans for the future.

Who would this subject suit?

This course will suit someone who has an interest in the world of business and how business works, and is keen to master the latest information technology, hardworking, and capable of coming up with solutions to problems.

It will also suit someone who has thought about a future career in jobs such as human resources, customer services or actually setting up their own business.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Business (1 x AS equivalent)

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business (1 x A2 equivalent)

Course Description

Course Description

Business Studies is about how different types of businesses are organised and run.  Many aspects of the business world are investigated, encouraging students to ask such questions as:

What factors affect business decisions?

            What internal problems can occur in a business?

            How do the management ensure they run the business successfully?

The course will suit students interested in the world around them.

Course Outline

Mandatory Units – Certificate (180 GLH)

Unit 1 Exploring Business

Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign

Mandatory Units – Extended Certificate (360 GLH)

Unit 1 Exploring Business

Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign

Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance

Optional Units

Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection Process

Unit 14 Investigating Customer Service

Unit 22 Market Research

Unit 23 The English Legal System

Unit 28 Investigating the Business Environment

Course Assessment

This course is 100% coursework.  Students complete 6 units over two years.  However, students must complete all 6 units to be able to be awarded the qualifications.  Students do not receive a qualification or grade at the end of the AS year.

Career Opportunities and Progression to University

This course can help you prepare for a university degree or could lead to work in business related professions such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.  You will become skilled at making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of a team.

Entry Requirements

You should have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C and above and studied Business Studies at GCSE.

Head of Department:  Mrs M James


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