Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business

Business Studies is a practical, dynamic subject which investigates aspects of the business world. These include:

  • Recruitment Marketing
  • Finance
  • Customer Service
  • Quality Control
  • Use of Technology
  • Location
  • Business Planning
  • Enterprise
  • Market research

We consider topics that will impact on all our lives, such as advertising campaigns, new laws, inventions and changing customer trends. We use a range of teaching styles such as group work, DVDs, student presentations, class discussions, ICT, project work and visits.

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KEY STAGE 4 - BTEC NATIONAL LEVEL 3

Qualification: GCSE Business

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course details

GCSE Business allows students to develop an understanding of the internal and external factors that affect the way in which business organisations are run. Students will learn to apply, analyse and evaluate their knowledge of business in a number of different contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national or global markets.

GCSE Business provides students with a knowledge of topics such as marketing, finance, human resources and operations. Students also learn about many different parties/groups that can affect the way in which businesses are run, for example; customers, suppliers, competitors, employees, banks, the government and society.

Assessment

Two written exams lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes each.

Each exam includes a mixture of multiple choice, short answer questions, calculations, data response and extended writing questions based on a case study.

Units - details and forms of assessment

  • Unit 1 – Exploring business: This unit includes internally-marked assignments that look at a wide range of business structures and how they are affected by the external environment. Topics such enterprise skills, innovation, legal issues, the economy and stakeholder groups are covered
     
  • Unit 2 – Developing a marketing campaign: This unit contains an externally-marked controlled assessment based on research that students will collect on a selected business from a pre-released market/industry. Students will gain an understanding of marketing and how a marketing campaign is developed. Topics include market research, the marketing mix, marketing budgets and timescales for marketing activities.
     
  • Unit 3 – Personal and business finance: This unit has an externally-marked exam. The personal finance element of this unit looks at the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent future financial difficulties. The business finance aspects of the unit introduce you to accounting terminology, the purpose and importance of business accounts and the different sources of finance available to businesses.
     
  • Unit 8 – Recruitment and selection process: This unit includes internally-marked assignments that involve the preparation of recruitment and selection documentation. This process culminates in job interviews that students can evaluate. Ethical and legal issues are also investigated within the recruitment process.

 KS5 – A-level Business

  • Qualification: A-level Business

    Exam Board: Edexcel

    Course details

    The Edexcel A-level Business course encourages the application of business concepts through the use of ‘real world’ examples and case studies. The syllabus reflects contemporary business issues within topics such as enterprise skills, global marketing, recruitment, finance and external/economic factors (such as Brexit and technological advancement). Throughout the course, students will consider business theory in relation to small, medium and large businesses within local, national and global contexts. The course enables students to acquire a range of important, transferable skills that are valued by universities and employers, such as numeracy, literacy, communications skills, decision-making techniques and analytical skills.

    Assessment

    Three 2-hour written exams at the end of year 13. 

    Each exam includes a mixture of short answer questions, calculations, data response and longer essays based on a case study.

    Paper 3 is synoptic (covers all of the content learnt in year 12 and 13) and requires independent research into a market or industry that is pre-released by Edexcel. 

    What makes a successful A-level Business student?

    Students of A-level Business should have a keen interest in the business world and are expected to take an interest in business issues within the news. Students need to be self-motivated because the examinations require thorough preparation and students are required to undertake significant independent study and research.

    To study this course, what qualifications will I need and in which subjects?

    Business students do NOT need to have studied GCSE Business Studies or any other previous business course. However, if a student did study Business at GCSE, a grade of 5 or higher will be required to take A-level Business. Students need to be competent in English and be confident with basic mathematical principles. As such, students will need grade 5’s in Maths and English to be able to study A-level Business.

What makes a successful BTEC Business student?
BTEC Business students should have a keen interest in the business world and an enquiring mind. Students also need to be self-motivated and organised in order to keep on top of assessment deadlines.

What opportunities are there for me to study beyond the classroom?
Wherever possible, students are encouraged to develop links with businesses in the local area. Recent visits have included Banham Zoo and The English Whisky Company which allowed students to complete the research phase of their assignments.

Progression
BTEC Business students have moved on to a number of destinations including, accounting, retail management, higher level business courses at college and university and apprenticeships.

To study this course, what qualifications will I need and in which subjects?

BTEC Business students do NOT need to have studied GCSE Business Studies or any other previous Business course. However, if a student did study Business at GCSE, a grade of 4 or higher will be required to take BTEC Business at level 3. Students will need to produce quite lengthy projects which will require a good level of written English. The unit 3 finance exam also requires quantitative skills. As such, a grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths is required.