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Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business

Examining Body: EDEXCEL/Pearson Specification No: 601/7157/1


Entry Requirements:

EITHER Merit BTEC Business OR C Grade GCSE Business (if studied)

Synopsis of Content:

The BTEC Level 3 course in Business is designed to appeal to students interested in a career in business. The course gives learners an introduction to and understanding of the business environment, personal finances, marketing and recruitment and selection amongst others – all fundamental to the success of business organisation. The units covered enable a broad and balanced understanding of the core topic areas needed in the business world. Students will study a range of units from principles of management, international business to team building, to progress to employment or higher education in any of these areas. It is equivalent to two A Levels.

Students will learn and be assessed on the following 8 units:
• Exploring Business (coursework)
• Developing a Marketing Campaign (externally set task, externally marked)
• Personal and Business Finance (external written exam)
• Managing an event (coursework with event activity)
• International business (coursework)
• Principles of management (externally set task, externally marked)
• Recruitment and selection (coursework)
• Team building in business (coursework)

Assessment Methods / Teaching Methods and Resources

Students will need to have an enquiring mind and willing to research work independently, both in the classroom and in home learning. Personal study time after school will be needed in order to successfully complete assignments on time. Time management is a key skill in the business world and the importance of this is essential to this course. Therefore students must be focused, willing to work independently and able to keep to deadlines.
Assessments are in a combination of methods depending on the unit – there is one external written exam on personal and business finance, 2 externally set and marked tasks and 5 coursework units. Students will be expected to apply theoretical concepts and ideas to specific organisations; these will either be in the form of given information or for which they will need to contact their allocated businesses to research necessary information. BTEC level 3 in Business is equivalent to A level, but just has a different mode of assessment to allow for students who work better in work assessed throughout the course as opposed all in external exams.

All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. A minimum of a pass is needed in each of the units in order to be awarded the qualification. There are four pass grades for this qualification; pass (E), merit (C), distinction (A) and distinction star (A*).

Suitability for Combination

This qualification would suit a combination with most subjects. It offers many transferable skills, particular excellent combinations are Geography, English, Design technology, PE and Performing Arts.

Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations

Students can enter the world of work in a number of business related career areas, including marketing, customer service, human resources and finance, as well as business management. This can be directly through employment or one of the many apprenticeship programmes.
At university there are a wide variety of courses available, from pure Business Studies, to courses which integrate another specialism and/or vocational areas e.g. management in the sport industry or music industry or Business and Finance. A Business Studies degree is a good way to get onto a graduate management-training programme with one of the world’s top businesses.

Mrs P Bailey – Business & Economic Team Leader

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