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BTEC Business Studies at Boston Spa School

Course description

Course Outline:

A career in Business is not just about doing deals and making money; it is in fact one of the most varied, demanding and creative of all careers.  You need sophisticated social skills to understand and motivate your workforce, creativity to attract customers, and commitment to raise your start up finance and fend off your competition.  If you feel that these skills are important in most careers, you are right they are, then this could be the ideal course for you, “and the future you don’t yet know”.  The BTEC Business course is a vocational course, it is a “hands on course” where you are expected to do rather than simply study business.  The course is now assessed both internally and externally with the majority of the course now assessed by examiners.  To succeed on the course you will need to enjoy doing coursework, be prepared to meet deadlines and most of all enjoy a challenge.  The course is intellectually demanding and designed to prepare you for either further study at university or for employment. 




Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Grade C, including Maths or English Grade 5



If you select to the study the extended certificate you will be required to complete two units in Year 12 and a further two in Year 13. Two of these will be assessed in school and two are assessed by external examiners. If you select to the study the diploma you will be required to complete four units in Year 12 and a further four in Year 13. Five of these will be assessed in school and three are assessed by external examiners.     To be successful on this course you must have good organisational skills and be able to meet regular deadlines for work. You must also demonstrate independent learning skills.



Extended certificate – 42% internally assessed coursework, 25% externally assessed 33% external exam 

Diploma – 54% internally assessed coursework, 29% externally assessed. 17% external exam


Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course

Future opportunities

Higher Education Progression:

There are many courses at University which link to the study of Business.


Career Opportunities:

Business has for many years been one of the most popular degree subjects and the majority of students completing this BTEC course continue their studies at university often in combination with another subject or with a particular emphasis.  The world of Business is so varied that you could progress onto Marketing, Human Resource Management, Events Management, Administration, Public Relations, Leisure and Tourism, Finance, Accountancy, Corporate Law etc.  Popular joint degrees have included Business with: Languages, Law, American or European studies, Media, Design and Journalism.

Further information

For further details or guidance speak to a member of the Business Team

Telephone Boston Spa Sixth Form to make an appointment on 01937 846612


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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: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years