Business

(Available as equivalent to either 1 or 3 A Levels)

Deepen your critical understanding of business organisations and the markets they serve. Business behaviour is studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders, including customers, employees, shareholders, the Government and the local community. Students will study business start-ups, financial planning, people and operations management, marketing, business strategy and the business environment.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop analysis and critical evaluation skills to enable you to explore how business theory can be applied to a number of different organisations.

You will develop your numeracy skills by carrying out detailed financial analysis of businesses

You will learn how to work as part of a team, debating ideas and presenting business plans back to the group.

Ultimately, you will be able to develop skills which will enable you to improve your own learning, performance, and problem solving.

What topics will I study?

This course is available as both a Foundation Diploma (equiv. 1 A Level) and Diploma (equiv. 3 A Levels). Topics for both options are outlined below:

BTEC Foundation Diploma

Four compulsory units:

  • Unit 1: Exploring Business
  • Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance
  • Unit 4: Managing an Event

Then, two from the following:

  • Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Unit 10: Recording Financial Transactions
  • Unit 13: Management Accounting
  • Unit 14: Investigating Customer Services
  • Unit 16: Visual Merchandising
  • Unit 17: Digital Marketing
  • Unit 19: Pitching for a New Business
  • Unit 22: Market Research
  • Unit 23: The English Legal System
  • Unit 24: Employment Law
  • Unit 27: Work Experience in Business

BTEC Extended Diploma

Seven compulsory units:

  • Unit 1: Exploring Business
  • Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance
  • Unit 4: Managing an Event
  • Unit 5: International Business
  • Unit 6: Principles of Management
  • Unit 7: Business Decision Making

Then, six from the following:

  • Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Unit 9: Team Building in Business
  • Unit 10: Recording Financial Transactions
  • Unit 11: Financial accounts for public limited companies
  • Unit 12: Financial statements for specific businesses
  • Unit 13: Management Accounting
  • Unit 14: Investigating Customer Services
  • Unit 15: Investigating Retail Business
  • Unit 16: Visual Merchandising
  • Unit 17: Digital marketing
  • Unit 18: Creating Promotion
  • Unit 19: Pitching for a New Business
  • Unit 20: Investigating Corporate Responsibility
  • Unit 21: Training and Development
  • Unit 22: Market Research
  • Unit 23: The English Legal System
  • Unit 24: Employment Law
  • Unit 25: Aspects of Civil Liability affecting Business
  • Unit 26: Aspects of Criminal Law impacting on Business and Individuals
  • Unit 27: Work Experience in Business

Where does the course lead?

Students who have successfully completed the course have either gone on to do further study at degree level, or started work in a trainee role.  Many go on to study Business at university, however others have gone on to study Quantity Surveying, Accounting and Outdoor Pursuits.

Covering a wide range of topics, and developing a wide range of skills, the course is designed to make you more attractive to employers.  The vocational nature of the course means that you will be required to apply what you learn in class to different business situations.  Consequently, you will be better prepared to deal with real-life workplace situations, as and when they arise.

Exam Board

Edexcel

Head of Department

Jamieson Brown

Entry Requirements

Five A*- C grades (or equivalent 4+)

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 100%