Business Studies

BTEC

Careers related to studying Business:

If you choose to study Business studies, it will give you a clear introduction into the way a business operates. You will learn about the challenges and issues of starting a business, enterprising business ideas, financial planning, management of people, operations management, marketing and competition and finance management, so you will walk away with an excellent level of business knowledge.

You could consider careers in: Marketing, Management, Finance, Banking, ICT, Recruitment, Human Resources and Sales.

Course content:

Through studying this course, you will increase your power of knowledge and analysis and further your knowledge in how businesses are run. The 3 units you study in Year 12 are; Business Resources, The Business Environment and an Introduction to Marketing. You will cover a range of topics such as; market research, advertising, the laws of marketing, profit and losses, human and physical resources and stakeholders.

Entry requirements:

Business Studies favours those with good mathematic and English skills as the approach is very academic.
You will have achieved at least a grade 4 in both English and Maths.

Subject specific events:

You will be encouraged and supported in entering a variety of work experience opportunities and you will also take part in the running of charity events.

Methods of study:

The course is taught through a range of teaching and learning strategies, but the majority of the course is independent study.

These strategies include group discussion (whole group, small group and pairs), close reading and scan reading. You will also prepare presentations (individual, paired or small group) and will report back on your findings. You will also complete a lot of independent study for all assignments.

You should expect to complete approximately 5 hours of independent study outside of your lessons. This could include: reading, research, essay writing or other activities. In order for you to take full advantage of the course it is also recommended that you immerse yourself in the wider reading of any suggested reading from your Tutor and from the discovery list.

Methods of assessment:

Two units are internally assessed as coursework. One unit is a controlled assessment and one unit is an exam. Overall you will achieve either a pass, merit, distinction or a distinction*, as these give you the same UCAS points as their A Level equivalent.