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Business Level 3 BTEC National at Woodkirk Academy

Course description

This is a specialist qualification for those students who have clear view about their future career or are seeking progression to higher education. BTEC Nationals are equivalent to A-levels and are highly valued by universities, further education colleges and employers alike. BTEC's are work related qualifications. They provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background. This qualification gives students an understanding of the essential knowledge and skills needed to help begin or progress in a wide variety of business careers.

The school will offer (subject to numbers) the BTEC National Award (worth one A-level at A*-C) and the BTEC National Certificate (worth 2 A-levels at A*-C). This means the qualification could be taken as well as, or in place of traditional A-levels.

Course content

Course Content

Compulsory Units

  • Exploring Business Activity
  • Investigating Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Effective People, Communication and Information

Optional Units

Examples include:

  • Exploring Team Development
  • Understanding Retailing
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • An introduction to Market Research
  • Managing a Team Event


Method of Assessment

BTEC courses consist of units of work. Some units are compulsory others are optional. All work is assessed internally by school staff. There are no exams. Outcomes are measured using grading criteria or Pass, Merit or Distinction. Examples of the sort of work students will be expected to complete for assessment include: assignments, short projects and presentations. Much of this work will require students to research and/or gather the information directly from real businesses.

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

With the qualification you can progress straight into employment. If you are successful there are a wide variety of potential careers that are available. Examples include working in a bank or insurance, facilities manager, sales or retailing, administration or marketing.

Alternatively you may choose to go onto higher education. All BTEC courses qualify for UCAS points. With good grades you can apply for various courses at university. Both degree and HND courses have proved popular in recent years

Further information

Skills Required

Keen interest in business

Good at working independently and as part of a team

Able to meet deadlines

Able to plan and manage your programme of study

Subject Combinations

BTEC Nationals work well as stand alone subjects but will also combine well with most other Advanced level subjects.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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