This course will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the business sector with an
emphasis on developing skills relevant to the workplace. Varied teaching methods are used throughout the course and assessment is based upon authentic business situations.
Unit 1: The Business Environment – this unit covers ownership types, aims and functional areas.
Unit 2: Business Resources – this unit considers the resources that businesses need including human resource issues, physical resources and interpreting financial statements.
Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing – this unit covers the key concepts of marketing.
Unit 4: Business Communication – this unit covers how to effectively communicate with employees and how to motivate people.
Unit 5: Business Accounting – this unit introduces accounting processes in business.
Unit 12: Internet Marketing and Business – this unit looks at how businesses use the internet to reach their target audience.
Unit 18: Developing Teams – students will learn why and how teams are formed and what makes an effective team.
Unit 19: Events Management – in this unit, students will have to work in small teams to organise an event.
Unit 29: Understanding Retailing – this unit introduces students to the important role that retailing plays in the UK economy.
In Year 13, units (subject to change) are likely to include:
Unit 7: Management Accounts
Unit 8: Accounting Systems
Unit 10: Marketing Research in Business
Unit 13: Recruitment and Selection
Unit 16: Human Resource Management
Unit 21: Aspects of Contract and Business Law
Unit 22: Aspects of Civil Liability
Unit 36: Starting a Business
Unit 37: Business Ethics
Examining Board – Edexcel
This 18 unit qualification is the equivalent of three full A Levels. There are no external examinations, and all the units are assessed through assignments or projects which students work on over a period of time.
Special Entry Requirements
Standard BTEC entry requirements apply. All students are expected to undertake two periods of vocational work experience (one in year 12 and the second in Year 13). A clear DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ may be needed depending on the nature of the placement. The cost of the DBS is approximately £60.00 and if it is needed then you are responsible for this payment (details of how to pay will be provided).
Career and Progression Opportunities
The majority of students on this course progress to university. Past students have gone onto courses like Business Management, Human Resources, Law and Accountancy or courses with another related subject e.g. Business and IT. Sponsored degree programmes and Higher Apprenticeships are also an option and are highly valued by employers. These including places on the prestigious KPMG 360 Accounting programme and the PwC Flying Start programme, both of which include sponsored places at university.
On this course you will be expected to undertake a work experience placement in both the first and the second year, the purpose of which is to gather information and insights about the workplace, which can be included in your College assignments. Work placements also help develop your employability skills. By the end of the course, you will have gained relevant skills and have a CV with cover letter along with a LinkedIn account. Joining LinkedIn will offer you career opportunities now and will assist your long-term career aspirations, as your profile will be accessible by thousands of prospective employers. Throughout your time at college, you will use the LinkedIn account to record all of your activities including work experience, any part time paid employment and gain access to relevant professional links.
Students will learn through a variety of teaching methods, e.g. group work, role play, presentations, independent study, videos and teacher-led activities. Many units are linked to businesses where efforts are made for external visitors to enhance the learning of the students.
Some trips or visits arranged will need to be paid for.
Links to External Organisations
Units are linked to real businesses and students will have the opportunity to research the business practice used in various situations. Students have the opportunity to visit global brands and franchise exhibitions, whilst local entrepreneurs who have succeeded at a national level deliver talks to students to give them key business insights into how they have growth their businesses. We also have links with the University of Birmingham who deliver masterclasses targeted specifically for BTEC students and can also provide academic mentors for our students. Sainsbury, Coventry Building Society, Paragon Finance and HSBC regularly come into College and enhance learning. Key Construction also provides a monetary prize to the winners of a Dragon’s Den competition.
This information is correct for September 2019 entry.