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Years 9, 10 and 11

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business (NQF) equivalent to one GCSE

There are a number of units that students cover on a variety of topics. There are both mandatory and optional units that students will need to complete to show fully rounded knowledge and understanding of the subject. Mandatory topics are:

Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World – This unit introduces you to the language and terminology used in business. It explores what businesses do, trends that affect them, how they operate and the factors that influence their success. You will explore different types of business ownership and how these relate to the size and scale of a business, as well as how the type of ownership impacts on the responsibilities of the owners of a business. Combined with looking at types of business model, you can begin to understand how diverse the world of business is.

Unit 2: Finance for Business –You will explore the types of costs that businesses incur, from the initial start-up costs involved in setting up a business to the ongoing daily costs of running the business. You will then explore the ways in which the sale of products and services generates revenue, so that you can develop your understanding of profit.

The optional units are more varied in content with titles including: Recruitment, Selection and Employment, Promoting and Branding and Principles of Customer Service. Currently the optional topics being studied are:

Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service – This unit develops and broadens your understanding of customer service in different businesses. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of customer needs and expectations and be given the opportunity to examine a wide range of different types of internal and external customers. It is also important to understand how businesses set internal policies and procedures to ensure that staff maintain customer service standards.

Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment – You will be introduced to the variety of job roles that exist within businesses and the various functions that are performed by individual roles, as well as the types of organisational structures used in businesses.

Assessment: three internally assessed units of work, one externally assessed examination (unit 2). Internal assessment is externally moderated to ensure accuracy of marking.

Further information about the course is available at www.edexcel.org.uk.

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Year 12 only

BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Business (NQF) equivalent to ½ an A level

There are two units that students cover in Year 12. These are both mandatory units that students will need to complete to show fully rounded knowledge and understanding of the subject. These topics are:

Unit 1: Exploring Business – You will gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities. You will also look at the importance of innovation and enterprise to the success and survival of businesses, with the associated risks and benefits.

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign – You will examine the marketing aims and objectives for existing products/services and understand the importance of relevant, valid and appropriate research in relation to customers’ needs and wants. You will use given market research data and other information to make recommendations about the type of marketing campaign that a business should undertake.

Assessment: One internally assessed unit of work and one external assessed assignment based on pre-release materials. Internal assessment is externally moderated to ensure accuracy of marking.

There is an option to take this course into Year 13 and study for the Level 3 Extended Certificate (NQF) equivalent to one A Level.

Further information about the course is available at www.edexcel.org.uk.

Year 13 only

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business (QCF) equivalent to one A level

There are three units that students cover in Year 13, building on from their studies in Year 12. There are both a mandatory and optional units that students will need to complete to show fully rounded knowledge and understanding of the subject. The Mandatory topic is:

Unit 4: Business Communication – The aim of this unit is to show you that the collection and management of business information, and the successful communication of that information throughout a business, is critical for the future prosperity of the organisation.

The optional units currently being studied are:

Unit 13: Recruitment and Selection in Business – You will learn the significance of recruitment and the importance of ensuring that the best people are selected to work in organisations. Learners will study selection and recruitment techniques and will set up, and take part in, a selection interview.

Unit 27: Understanding Health and Safety in the Business Workplace – It is important, when working in business, to ensure compliance with organisational procedures and legal requirements, as the consequences of non-compliance can have serious implications for employees and employers. You will learn to appreciate that those working in business must understand the principal issues which affect the working environment.

Assessment: 100% coursework which is marked internally and externally moderated to confirm the accuracy of marking.

This course finishes at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

Further information about the course is available at www.edexcel.org.uk.