Exam board: Edexcel
The course focuses initially upon the role of the entrepreneur and the challenges facing business start-ups. Students will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The experience gained will facilitate the understanding of business theories through seeing them in practice and in practical situations.
Further, students will develop awareness that business behaviours can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders including customers, shareholders and employees. In addition, learners will consider the economic, environmental, ethical, legal, social and technological issues associated with business activity.
The course provides a solid and varied business knowledge and is good preparation for a variety of business careers. The course is also a practical one and is assessed through individual pieces of coursework which are set for each unit.
The BTEC Certificate, completed in Year 12, is recognised as equivalent to one AS Level. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary
Diploma, completed in Year 13, is recognised as equivalent to one A Level. Both attract UCAS points as such.
Key Learning Topics:
AS Level (Year 1)
Unit 1: The Business Environment
Unit 2: Business Resources
Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
A2 Level (Year 2)
Unit 4: Business Communication
Unit 5: Business Accounting
Unit 6: Recruitment and Selection in Business
This course is 100% coursework. You will be tested with an examination at the end of each unit and these take place during June.
8 or more GCSEs at grades A*–C, including English and Maths.
If you have studied GCSE or BTEC Level 2 Business, you should have achieved a minimum grade C or Merit.