BTEC Firsts taught in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11
BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. In the years since their introduction, BTEC Firsts have become increasingly popular and effective. They engage young learners in taking responsibility for their own learning, and develop essential work-related skills, such as working to deadlines and presenting information effectively. BTEC Firsts motivate young learners, and open doors to progression into further study or the workplace.
The BTEC Level 2 Level First Award is broadly equivalent to one GCSE.
- is a level 2 qualification; however, it is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*, Level 1 and Unclassified
- is for learners aged 14 years and over
- is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE) has core units and optional units has external assessment up to 25 per cent of the qualification. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments
Rationale for the Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business
The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business has been developed in the business sector to:
- encourage personal development of knowledge and skills relevant to the business world through practical participation in a range of vocational business activities
- give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of the broad range of business specialisms through selection of optional specialist units
- encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units available in the qualification structure
- provide education and training for employees in the business sector
- give opportunities for business employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 vocationally-specific qualification
- give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the business sector or to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Business
- give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
BTEC Course Choice: Business
What does the course cover?
BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where students develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. It is equivalent to one GCSE.
The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award is a level 2 qualification
How the course is assessed?
|Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business|
|Unit||Core Units (mandatory)||Assessment||% of allocated marks|
|Enterprise in the Business world – in this unit you will:
environment may impact on a business
|Finance for Business – in this unit you will:
||External (exam) This unit is assessed using an onscreen test. The test is available on-demand.||
|Unit||Optional specialist units|
|Promoting a Brand – in this unit you will:
|Principles of Customer Service
Are there any special requirements?
Students who take BTEC Business must be willing to spend time working on tasks that require a reasonable amount of background reading and writing. They will need to use numbers to analyse situations, solve problems and make recommendations.
How will this course help students?
BTEC encourages personal development of knowledge and skills relevant to the business world. It also encourages students to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills. BTEC business can help students’ progression to study other qualifications in school or college at a higher level, such as AS, A levels or a Degree.