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Business at Brighouse High School

Course description

If you are interested in finding out how businesses are organised and you enjoy using the computers to complete coursework, this is an ideal course for you. 

 These courses have a significant amount of internal assessment and are therefore ideal for students who prefer coursework assessment. The grading is Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

 It is suitable for Btec/OCR Level 2 or GCSE students who would like to further their understanding of how to be an entrepreneur. 

 Regardless of which career you are considering, Business will be a useful subject to study as it provides an insight into the world of work.  It will prepare you for the challenges of your future career.

Course content

Single Award Course Content:

 Unit 1 – Exploring Business (Coursework:  90 Guided Learning Hours)

In this unit you will gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities.

 Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign (Controlled Assessment: 90 Guided Learning Hours, 3 hour coursework assessment)

Marketing is a dynamic field central to the success of any business. You will gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. You will examine the marketing aims and objectives for existing products/services and understand the importance of relevant, valid and appropriate research in relation to customers’ needs and wants.

 Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance (Examination:  120 Guided Learning Hours, 2 hour examination)

This unit includes aspects of both personal and business finance. Personal finance involves the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent future financial difficulties. This unit will also give you an insight into where you can get financial advice and support.

 Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process (Coursework: 60 Guided Learning Hours)

This unit gives you the opportunity, through role play, to take part in selection interviews. They will need to be organised and prepared so that they demonstrate your communication skills in this work-related competence. This unit will give you a foundation for progression to employment, for example in a human resources role, or to higher education. 


Double Award Course Content:

In addition to units 1, 2, 3 and 8, students must also complete:

Unit 4 – Managing an Event (Coursework: 90 Guided Learning Hours)

Events management is one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors of business. This unit combines your creativity and organisational skills in order to produce successful, memorable events, whether for profit or social enterprise.  You will organise Brighouse High School’s annual senior citizens’ Christmas party.

Unit 5- International Business (Coursework: 90 Guided Learning Hours)

International business has a significant influence on the national economy. It takes place in a globally competitive environment and involves both small and large businesses.  In this unit, you will explore the benefits and issues associated with international business activities.

Unit 6 – Principles of Management (Controlled Assessment:  120 Guided Learning Hours, 3 hour coursework assessment)

In this unit, you will examine how businesses adapt their approaches to management in response to challenges in their environment. Depending on their roles and responsibilities, managers need to develop skill sets that enable them to work effectively in areas such as the management of people, financial, resource and quality management, and the management of change.

Unit 19 – Pitching for a New Business (Coursework: 60 Guided Learning Hours)

Entrepreneurs explore potential business opportunities, select viable business ideas, prepare appropriate business plans and pitch these to potential investors. This unit will teach you how to carry out these steps which are critical to the development of new businesses.  In this unit you will investigate a potential micro-business idea and outline a business plan.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including English Language.



Assessment: There are 4 units of work for the Single Award

(Extended Certificate) and 8 units of work for the Double Award (Diploma). 

The single award qualification is the equivalent of 1 A Level and the Diploma is the equivalent of 2 A Levels.

For the Single Award, 42% of the final grade is coursework assessed.  58% is externally assessed with 25% of this 58% assessed by a controlled assessment.

For the Double Award, 55% of the final grade is coursework assessed.  45% is externally assessed with 30% of this 45% assessed by two controlled assessments.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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