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Business (BTEC Extended Diploma) at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

This course will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the business sector with an emphasis on developing skills relevant to the workplace. Varied teaching methods are used throughout the course and assessment is based upon authentic business situations.

Course content

Year 1 
Unit 1: The Business Environment – this unit covers ownership types, aims and functional areas.
Unit 2: Business Resources – this unit considers the resources that businesses need include human
resource issues, physical resources and interpreting financial statements.
Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing – this unit covers the key concepts of marketing.
Unit 4: Business Communication – this unit covers how to effectively communicate with employees and
how to motivate people.
Unit 5: Business Accounting – this unit introduces accounting processes in business.
Unit 12: Internet Marketing and Business – this unit looks at how businesses use the internet to reach their target audience.
Unit 18: Developing Teams – students will learn why and how teams are formed and what makes an
effective team.
Unit 19: Events Management – in this unit, students will have to work in small teams to organise an
Unit 29: Understanding Retailing – this unit introduces students to the important role that retailing plays
in the UK economy.

Year 2 
In Year 13, units (subject to change) are likely to include:
Unit 7: Management Accounts 
Unit 8: Accounting Systems
Unit 10: Marketing Research in Business
Unit 13: Recruitment and Selection
Unit 16: Human Resource Management
Unit 21: Aspects of Contract and Business Law
Unit 22: Aspects of Civil Liability
Unit 36: Starting a Business
Unit 37: Business Ethics

Entry requirements

BTEC Extended Diploma or CACHE Diploma:

BTEC Extended Diploma and CACHE Diploma courses are equivalent to studying 3 A levels, so have the same entry requirements as for A level. The only difference is that other courses equivalent to GCSE (e.g. BTEC First Diplomas and OCR Nationals) count towards entry requirements for BTEC/CACHE, while only GCSEs count for an A level programme. You need:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE or merit on an equivalent course
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE or equivalent
• On BTECs you should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics, with at least a grade 3 or D grade in the other one. If you do have a grade 3 or D in one of these two key subjects, you will be required to re-take this GCSE in addition to your BTEC Diploma. CACHE requires a grade C or 4 in English, Mathematics AND preferably Science.

Standard BTEC entry requirements apply. All students are expected to undertake two periods of vocational work experience (one in year 12 and the second in Year 13). A clear DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ may be needed depending on the nature of the placement. The cost of the DBS is approximately £60.00 and if it is needed then you are responsible for this payment (details of how to pay will follow).


Coursework (100%)
No Examinations
Examining Board - Edexcel
This 18 unit qualification is the equivalent of three full A Levels. There are no external examinations, and all the units are assessed through assignments or projects which students work on over a period of time.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Solihull directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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