Business BTEC

Course Description
BTEC Nationals in Business offer a flexible range of qualifications that can be studied alongside other level 3 qualifications such as A levels or other BTEC Nationals as part of a larger programme of study, or as the main focus of study. All sizes attract UCAS points and are widely recognised by universities and employers. They provide: 
• flexibility for students to progress to larger-size qualifications or specialise 
• opportunities for students to showcase their skills through practical assessments 
• the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to meet industry requirements 
• the transferable and high-order skills so highly regarded by HE and employers 
• Applied General qualification options.
Course Outline
The course consists of three core units, plus 1 optional unit, each consisting of 60, 90 or 120 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) which add up to a total GLH of 360 hours. Guided learning hours will be a combination of timetabled class time and independent study. Completing the three core units and one optional unit in two years is worth 1.5 ‘A’ Levels
The core units are as follows:
Unit 1: Exploring Business - Learners will be assessed on their knowledge and understand of the factors that contribute to business success, including the ways in which businesses can be organized and the impact of external environments and the role of enterprise and innovation in establishing a business. They will also be assess on their ability to analyse unfamiliar information and data using common situational analysis tools in order to give recommendations based on that analysis.
Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign - Learners will be assessed on their understanding of, and ability to use, the appropriate marketing mix elements as well as demonstrate their understanding of the impact of finance and globalisation on marketing activity and illustrate this in their written submission.
Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance – Learners will be assessed on their understanding and ability to use financial tools both for business and personal finance. Topics will include cash flow forecasting, profit and loss accounts, balance sheets and accounting ratios. The knowledge and application will be tested by written examination
The optional unit studied depends on the specialist career or Higher Education pathway the student wishes to follow.
Course Assessment
The units are assessed in different ways.
1. By Assignment - using a portfolio of work produced by the student, which may include essays, presentations, work sheets, practical write-ups, poster work and research. Resources used must be referenced correctly.
2. By Controlled Assessment – timed pieces of work based on a task produced by the Examining Body
3. By External Assessment – an examination set and marked by the Examining Body
Career Opportunities
This course can help you prepare for a university degree or could lead to work in business- related professions such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry. You will become skilled at making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of a team.