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Business - BTEC Level 3 National Diploma, Applied Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

This Applied Pathway 2 year practical Business course (equivalent to 2 A’ Levels) it gives students the opportunity to complete an in-depth study of real-world businesses and consider how and why businesses operate as they do.

Students undertake six mandatory units; one project to critically assess the effectiveness of business operations, a second project with a focus on recruitment and selection, a third on managing an event and a fourth on investigating international business. Students will also study the development of marketing campaigns, the principles of management and develop a detailed understanding of personal and business finance (externally assessed). Last year FPSS students studied a wide range of organisations including John Lewis, Longleat Safari Park, Print and Frame and The LookOut in Bracknell.

They will also undertake two optional units which the school will select from a choice of 20.

Students develop transferable skills including research, data analysis, problem-solving, team work and project management.

Course content

Year 12

Exploring Businesses (Project)

Students will explore the aims and objectives of profit making and not-for-profit businesses, the needs of their customers and how these are met through innovation and the use of the marketing mix.

International Business (Project)

Students will investigate strategic and operational approach to business on a global basis and draw together their understanding of the economic environment and external influences on businesses which trade internationally. Learners complete the tasks using knowledge and understanding from their studies of the sector and apply both transferable and specialist knowledge and skills.

Principles of Management (Controlled Assessment)

Managers are vital to the running of any business; they shape and influence business through their managerial performance and leadership.

In this unit, student will examine how businesses adapt their approaches to management in response to challenges in their environment. Depending on their roles and responsibilities, managers need to develop skill sets that enable them to work effectively in areas such as the management of people, financial, resource and quality management, and the management of change. Students will investigate some of the issues that managers and leaders have to deal with in the workplace in making businesses more efficient and ensuring their survival and growth. The effective planning and organising of a business’s activity can significantly influence the success of a business.

Personal and Business Finance (Exam)

This unit includes aspects of both personal and business finance. Personal finance involves the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent future financial difficulties. It is vital students understand the financial decisions they will need to take throughout life and how risk can affect students and their choices. This unit will also give an insight into where to get financial advice and support. The business finance aspects of the unit introduces accounting terminology, the purpose and importance of business accounts and the different sources of finance available to businesses. Planning tools, such as cash flow forecasts and break-even, will be prepared and analysed. Measuring the financial performance of a business will require students to prepare and analyse statements of comprehensive income and statements of financial position.

Year 13

Managing an Event (Project)

Events management is one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors of business. This unit combines your creativity and organisational skills to produce successful, memorable events, whether for profit or social enterprise.

Student will investigate a number of successful events, both large and small, and use this research to assess the feasibility of events to plan and run yourself. Examples could range from organising meetings, product launches, exhibitions, promotions, charity events, team-building events and staff development, to a full-scale conference.

Their chosen event will be carefully planned, demonstrating your ability to use planning tools. Student will then stage the event, testing the effectiveness of your planning. This will require students to ‘think on your feet’, deal with financial and security issues, liaise with suppliers and venue personnel, and utilise students problem-solving skills.

Afterwards students will evaluate the success of the event.

To complete the assessment task within this unit, students will need to draw on your learning from across your programme.

Developing a Marketing Campaign (Controlled Assessment)

This practical unit allows students to investigate the role that marketing plays in business success. Students will develop a sound understanding of marketing concepts and how a marketing campaign is developed. Students will learn to interpret and use data, to suggest an appropriate marketing campaign for a business and justify why the campaign will suit the needs of the business.

Recruitment and Selection Process (Project)

Recruiting the right people is essential to the success of a business. It is important that the processes and procedures involved in recruitment and selection meet the needs of the business and comply with current regulations. Students will learn that successful recruitment is key to maintaining the success of a business, as people are often considered to be the most valued resource. Students will explore the various selection tools and the enhanced use of technology in this area.

Market Research (Project)

Students will examine the purpose and type of market research undertaken in a business, consider the objectives of the research and the processes followed. Students will plan and undertake a research activity using the most appropriate design and sampling method. Students will analyse and interpret market research data and present their findings. They will use this knowledge to make recommendations for improvements to the market research process for a selected business.


Entry requirements

An average of 4- "Attainment 8" score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 3s and 4 grade 4s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths.

At least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language


A mix of project work, controlled assessment along with one 2 hour exam (Personal and Business Finance).

This is a summary of the type and availability of external assessment.

Units - Developing a Marketing Campaign and Principles of Management

· A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.

· Learners will be provided with a case study two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research.

· The supervised assessment period is a maximum of three hours and can be arranged over a number of sessions in a period timetabled by Pearson.

· Written submission.

· 70 marks

Unit - Personal and Business Finance

· Written examination set by Pearson.

· 2 hours.

· 100 marks.

Future opportunities

Btech Business is well regarded by Universities and will help application for courses including Marketing, Management, Business Administration Human Resources

Potential careers include:-

Change Management, Operations Management, Procurement, Human Resources, Business Administration or setting up your own business.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Bristow, Sixth Form Administrator on or on 01628 625308, extension 236.

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: 09 July 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: APBUS18BTECDouble