Business Studies

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.

Qualification details:

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

1

Enterprise in the Business world – in this unit you will:

  • know how trends and the current business

environment may impact on a business

  • plan an idea for a new business
  • present a business model for a business start-up
Internal (coursework)

25%

2

Finance for Business – in this unit you will:

  • understand the costs involved in business and how businesses make money
  • understand how businesses plan for success
  • understand how businesses measure success and identify areas for improvement.
External (exam) This unit is assessed using an onscreen test. The test is available on-demand.

25%

Unit Optional specialist units

3

Promoting a Brand – in this unit you will:

  • explore the use of branding and the promotional mix in business
  • develop and promote a brand for a business.
Internal(coursework)

25%

4

Principles of Customer Service

  • Understand how businesses provide customer service
  • Know how the businesses attempt to provide consistent and reliable customer service, and how this impacts upon the reputation of those businesses.
Internal (coursework)

25%

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.

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