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Business BTEC at Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School

Course description

Equivalent in size to two A Levels, this course is offered with ICT and provides students with a three A Level Vocational pathway. BTEC courses are designed to be more suitable for those students that are able to apply themselves and can develop their own research skills to complete coursework tasks. We are hoping to encourage students to find work/voluntary placements one afternoon each week where they will be able to apply their business skills in real business situations. We feel this will give students an invaluable insight into the world of business and make this course a truly vocational experience. Students will then be able to bring their understanding of work experience back into their coursework. BTEC Business is suitable for students who are interested in learning about the Business sector alongside ICT.

Course content

In year one you will focus on the development of your general business knowledge and you will study: 1. Exploring Business (Coursework) 2. Developing a Marketing Campaign (Exam) 3. Personal and Business Finance (Exam) 4. Managing an Event (Coursework) In year two you will study a further 4 units that start to specialise into specific areas within a business. 5. International Business (Coursework) 6. Principles of Management (Exam) 7. Recruitment and Selection Process (Coursework) 8. Work Experience (Coursework).

Entry requirements

Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are: • an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies • a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students • full time attendance and punctuality Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully. If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.


Students in BTEC Business produce 8 units over two years of which 3 of these units are externally set examinations worth (45%). Five internally set coursework activities with school set writing frames. Three externally set examinations with written papers to complete. Each exam will be a mix of short answer questions and a choice of questions where you can give longer, more detailed answers. You will also have the opportunity to re-sit papers to improve your marks.

Future opportunities

BTEC Business is a subject that can help you progress to University or into Apprenticeships in a number of different careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 31489