Business Studies

BTEC Business

This BTEC Level 2 First Award provides the opportunity to learn about the world of business. The course consists of 2 compulsory units, plus 2 optional units.

The course requires students to: carry out research; take part in discussions, meetings and role plays; participate in relevant visits; prepare presentations; interview people, keep notes and analyse findings. Students will be assessed through coursework tasks, and I external examination.

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of business. The core units cover the essential knowledge and skills required in the business sector and the optional units cover a wide range of specialist business topics.

This qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop the communication skills needed for working in the business sector, as they progress through the course and could provide a starting point for a route into employment in many of the diverse areas of business.

Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World (25%)
Unit 2: Finance for Business (25% - Externally examined)
Unit 6: Retail (25%)
Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment (25%)

Business Studies GCSE

GCSE Business Studies introduces students to the world of business, starting on a small scale and then studying business behaviour as organisations grow in size.

GCSE Business Studies Unit 1 introduces students to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a small local business. It explores the activities of small businesses and the reasons for their success or failure. Students will study the four main functional areas of a business: human resources, marketing, finance and production. They will gain an understanding of how businesses operate within society and of the different stakeholder groups influencing business decisions. Unit 1 is externally examined and is worth 40% of the GCSE.

Unit 2 builds upon the previous topics allowing candidates to study businesses as they grow and the issues that expansion raises. Throughout the course students will study a wide range of real businesses and a broad range of business theory. Unit 2 is externally examined and is worth 35% of the GCSE.

Unit 3 is a controlled assessment where students produce their own study of a specified business problem - carrying out research, and then analysing and recording findings. The work produced is marked by the teacher and is externally moderated Unit 3 is worth 25% of the GCSE.

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