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Business Studies - Extended Certificate at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business Studies

Course content

Units studies.  Coursework apart from where it is noted that there is an external examination

1.Exploring Business

2.Developing a Marketing Campaign

3.Personal and Business Finance - Examined

4.Managing an Event

5.International Business

6.Principles of Management

7.Recruitment and Selection Process

8.Work Experience in Business

Entry requirements

Four D grade or above in GCSE mathematics and English


The majority of units are completed with coursework.  There are externally examined units (see list)

Future opportunities

Students with a business qualification have progressed to degree programmes in areas such as business management, human resources management, business and law, marketing, accountancy, business finance, computer science and also degrees in education and onto higher level apprenticeships.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

The new vocational course regulations ensure that the qualification is as rigorous as the A Level programme consequently, it is vital students enjoy working independently on coursework and are organised in their approach to the course. As part of this learning journey students will need to ensure they:

• Research various sources of material.

• Read newspapers to keep up to date on business activities.

• Present ideas to peers.

• Explain why businesses choose to make decisions.

• Write essay/coursework which includes analysis and evaluation.

• Organise class notes in order to pass coursework tasks on the first attempt.

• Attend extra after-school sessions for additional support.

• Take part in work experience.

• Carry out formal presentations

What other subjects compliment Business?

Business studies works well in combination with all subjects including vocational subjects. Business studies students often study a wide range of other subjects which their business knowledge can either support or the combination of subjects helps them to keep their options open when applying to university or an apprenticeship. Subjects include: ICT, media studies, psychology, modern foreign languages, sociology, engineering and government and politics.

How will I be taught?

The Business Studies Department consists of staff that have managed their own businesses and have many years of experience teaching vocational students and hence offer real life business knowledge and examples to students. In 2014, 100% of our students achieved the equivalent A*-C. Lessons will consist of traditional style theory lessons in addition to student involvement in the form of discussions and presentations on a regular basis. Students will be required to prepare materials as a group and also individually. Students will be expected to use all their notes from lessons and presentations from peers to create their coursework independently. (As noted previously students only get one opportunity to submit a piece of coursework). The business studies department encourage students to work in teams to create in-school profit making businesses as part of their extra-curricular programme. The department also offer visits to various businesses from Cadbury’s to Drayton Manor to enhance the understanding of business concepts for all our students.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

Visit to Cadbury’s World

Visit to Drayton manor

Involvement in the Christmas fayre

Running school events

Trip to Clothes Show

Managing Charity events

University of Birmingham master classes

Visiting speakers

Seminars/ Webinars

Student Testimonial, why study Business?

I would recommend studying business if you have a passion and a keen interest in how a business operates and investigating the factors that are key to their survival. You will do this through assignments and projects. If you enjoy project based work and you prefer doing coursework rather than exams this is the course for you, although there is an examined unit which is based on Finance. By doing this course you develop skills including how a business is run and the formalities involved. Studying business allows you to go into most types of employment as everything has a link to business and the skills developed here are transferable. In addition, many universities offer business courses and some as joint honours allowing you to take advantage of the best opportunities to secure your future. Avanish Bhopal

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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