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BTEC Nationals Level 3 in Business at Desborough College

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Course Content

Year 1

UNIT 1 – The Business Environment

The unit introduces learners to a range of business activities. They will consider the purposes of different organisations and the influence of stakeholders and how businesses organise themselves through strategic planning and organisational structures. Learners then explore the dynamic nature of organisations through studying the impact of external (political, legal and social) influences on business operations.

UNIT 2 –Business Resources

At the core of every organisation are the human, physical, technological and financial resources that enable it to function. Understanding how these resources are managed is one of the keys to assessing how well the organisation is performing. For an organisation to survive its finances need to be sound and secure. The second part of the unit explores the sources of financial resources available to organisations.

UNIT 29 – Understanding Retailing

The aim of this unit is to introduce learners to the important role that retailing plays in the UK economy; and how it is the final part of the supply chain, before products and services reach the end customer. Learners will examine the structure of the retail industry, the process of distribution, the importance of sales and service functions and how the sector responds to change.


UNIT 3 – Introduction to Marketing

Marketing is at the heart of every organisation’s activity. Its importance is also growing in the non-commercial, public and voluntary sectors. Also, at the heart of marketing is the customer. This unit will introduce learners to some of the tools and techniques all types of organisations use to achieve their objectives. The segmentation and targeting of groups of customers is a key marketing technique and this is studied in detail.

UNIT 4 – Business Communication

The aim of this unit is to show learners that the collection and management of business information, and the successful communication of that information throughout a business, is critical for the future prosperity of the organisation. A business needs accurate and relevant information from internal and external sources in order to operate profitably. Proper collection of data creates an environment where informed decisions can be taken for the benefit of the business.

UNIT 5 – Business Accounting

The unit is divided into two parts. The first develops an understanding of the accounting processes necessary to provide accurate and relevant financial information. The second part covers the practical aspect of carrying out those accounting activities.

Entry requirements

Business Studies grade C or Pass at BTEC Level 2

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Desborough College directly.

Last updated date: 26 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years