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Business Studies BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description

The BTEC Business Subsidiary Diploma follows the EDEXCEL specification. It will allow you to gain a broad understanding of the essential knowledge and skills needed for you to progress into a variety of careers. You do not need to have studied Business at GCSE to do this course.

WHAT IS BTEC BUSINESS?               

Business makes things happen and affects every part of our society. Whatever you want to do, understanding business will help you achieve it. BTEC business offers, therefore, a broad understanding of the essential knowledge and skills needed to help you begin or progress in a wide variety of business careers.

The four core units in the subsidiary diploma will give you an introduction to and understanding of the business environment, management of resources, marketing and communication – all fundamental to the success of business organisations.  In the second year there will be optional units that are chosen based on key areas of interest for example starting a small business and event management to name just two possible modules.


Whatever you do in your professional life, the chances are that it will involve some ‘business’. Scientists, engineers, even artists, will inevitably have to understand at least the basics of business, and probably a lot more. Therefore studying business could be integral to your future plans. Employers identify the need for outstanding communication skills when they are looking to recruit A level students or graduates.

BTEC students are provided with opportunities to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course. This can be via presentations and discussions in which you will have the opportunity to express your opinions. You will also be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and achievement which will see you become a more organised individual capable of effective time management to enable you to hit set deadlines.  


The most important requirements for BTEC Business are that you have an interest in the subject and a determination to work hard and develop good study skills. 

Course content

The 60 Credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma has a work-related focus and is equivalent to one GCE A Level.

The BTEC in Business covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in any business.  

Topics that you will study include:

  • Managing Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication
  • The Business Environment
  • Sarting a Small Business (optional)
  • Organising a Business Event (optional)

EXTERNAL INPUT                                

We try to make the subject as real as possible and where possible you will be studying a number of large organisations that you will instantly recognise, you will have the opportunity to study in detail the issues that these businesses face on a daily basis. Where possible we will have guest speakers, Guru Lectures and also we aim to visit the organisations that we are studying to gain a real feel for that business.  


Entry requirements

The faculty expects students to have at least 5 GCSE grades Cs and above including English Language and preferably Maths.


The course is modular and will lead to the AS qualification in Year 1 (3 units) and then the full A level in Year 2 (after the final 3 units).

All assessments are coursework based, however evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities including assignment and project work, presentations, news articles, role play and oral presentation.

Future opportunities

  • Entrepreneur
  • Business related degree programmes
  • Employment both in the Public and Private Sector
  • Apprenticeships

Some of the students who studied this course at Prior Pursglove College progressed on to:·        

  • Manchester Met University – Business Management / Fashion Buying & Merchandising
  • Teesside University – Accounting & Finance / Business with Law
  • York St John University - Marketing Management

Further information

COURSE COMMITMENT                    

As with normal AS to A2 programmes, the course takes one block of study in the first year and is the equivalent of one AS. This repeats in the second year to make up the full A’ Level equivalent. 

Students are expected to commit a minimum of 4 hours additional study per week towards completing coursework assignments. Interim deadlines will be set to enable work to be assessed and progress be made to the final deadlines.

With support and guidance from your teachers it will be the individual student’s responsibility to ensure this work is completed fully in time for the set deadlines.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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