Business BTEC Course Outline

Qualification - BTEC First -Enterprise

Helping learners to progress into employment has always been a cornerstone of BTEC qualifications. Equipping learners with the skills they will use in the workplace is at the very heart of BTEC and remains an important driver in determining the content of the Business BTEC qualification. Unlike technical skills, which may become outdated over time, employability skills enable learners to adapt to the ever-changing roles needed to survive in the global economy. The Confederation of British Industry definition of employability skills is based on a positive attitude (readiness to take part, openness to new ideas and activities and a desire to achieve)

Through the Business BTEC First Award you will learn about the business world in a practical and relevant way which will involve constant contact with, and input from, a wide range of local organisations.

The course consists of 4 units studied over two years. The two Core Units are;

Enterprise in the Business World – this unit is coursework based and will look at the setting up and running of a small business.
Finance for Business – This is the only external, exam based, assessment and looks at key elements of the money side of a business operation.

We will also be studying units based around customer service and Sales and Personal Selling which are again project based allowing students to experience and put into practise crucial business skills.

Skills Required

This course will suit students who prefer a more vocational and practical approach to their studies. The course is largely project based and will require students to work independently as well as in teams. Good mathematical and communication skills will be very helpful as will an ability to make use of IT facilities.

A desire to work closely with and develop links with local businesses will also be crucial in the completion of the course.

Good organisation skills and a willingness to commit to constant assessment will be vital.

Assessment Method

The BTEC Business First Award is taught over 120 guided learning hours split over 4 units.

Two of these are CORE and compulsory. One is exam based and one project based. TWO other units are also studied from choice of optional units which are both project based and internally assessed.

A lot of the work will involve linking up with local businesses which will make the assessment as relevant and real life as possible. The practical and vocational element of the learning will also bring the subject into focussed context.

Post 16 Opportunities and careers

The key advantage of studying through a BTEC qualification is the vocational element of the learning. This supports students looking at improving their employability across a wide range of industries.
The BTEC First in Business would be an ideal lead into the higher level BTEC awards available post 16 as well as apprenticeships which would take the student directly into employment. The course looks at a variety of different business areas which will support students in careers across a range of industries.

Videos from the Department

Mr Varey introduces himself and the subject and why Business Studies (including the BTEC variant) will affect everything you do, including how you can use it to create your own career path in the future.