Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

BTEC Business Studies

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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Qualification: BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business.

Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson

Course details and assessment
The BTEC National in Business is a course designed to give students a strong practical grounding in business.  The course is equivalent to one A-Level and students receive UCAS points on a similar basis to other A-Levels.  The focus of the course is to apply business concepts to real business situations rather than focus on theoretical work. The course encourages students to develop a practical problem solving approach, which enables them to work independently.

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.

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.

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.