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BTEC Business at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

BTEC National Business covers the same range of theory as A Level Business, the key difference being that this course is assessed entirely through the submission of coursework portfolios.

The focus of all units is on the practical activities of business organisations and students are encouraged to work independently to research their portfolios.

The key points of this specification are that:

  • Units are assignment based with frequent feedback from the tutor.
  • The assignments are assessed and moderated within school. Portfolio work is externally verified.
  • Tasks within assignments are assessed at three levels of progression.
  • Each unit is equally weighted in terms of marks

 

Course content

Unit 1 - The Business Environment

  • Learners explore what owners, managers and stakeholders are trying to achieve in their organisations. Learners might focus on researching for profit businesses such as Costa Coffee, Coca-Cola.
  • These firms would then be compared to not for profit organisations such as Oxfam or Christian Aid.
  • This unit examines how businesses are affected by external change. These include changes in laws, society and consumer spending habits.

Unit 2 – Business Resources

  • This unit looks at the management of Human, Physical, Technological and Financial resources within organisations.
  • Students will examine different tools for managing business finances such as analysis of financial accounts.
  • Learners explore what owners, managers and stakeholders are trying to achieve in their organisations. Learners might focus on researching for profit businesses such as Costa Coffee, Coca-Cola.
  • These firms would then be compared to not for profit organisations such as Oxfam or Christian Aid.
  • This unit examines how businesses are affected by external change. These include changes in laws, society and consumer spending habits

Unit 3 - Introduction to Marketing

  • This unit focuses on an investigation into the mechanism by which organisations create and satisfy demand amongst consumers.
  • Students will look at the historical context of marketing activity and examine contemporary practice before producing a report for a local business making recommendations as to how their marketing activities could be improved.

Unit 4 - Business Communication

  • This unit examines the operational management of the human resources within an organisation.
  • Learners examine communication methods in business, verbal and non-verbal; how they decide on the appropriate methods to use and when.

Unit 5 and 6

  • These units will be selected from the 30 available BTEC modules in consultation with students.
  • This will allow students to better prepare for their preferred university course (e.g. by taking an accountancy module) or to pursue their own interests in specific areas of business activity.
  • Potential choices could include:
    • Designing and maintaining a business website
    • Financial or management accounts
    • Business law
    • Market Research
    • HR management
    • Operations management
    • Business Economics

Entry requirements

Grade C in Maths & English

GCSE APS of 40

Assessment

Assessment: 

Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria.

Maximum Marks available:

Distinction.

Information regarding Assessment:

Tutor marked Internal verification within school.   Grades are subject to awarding body validation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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