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Business BTEC

BTEC Nationals Business

What is the course about?


The course is a vocational qualification lasting 2 years and will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of working within a business. 


In Unit 1, you will gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities. You will also look at the importance of innovation and enterprise to the success and survival of businesses, with the associated risks and benefits.


In Unit 2 you will examine the marketing aims and objectives for existing products/services and understand the importance of relevant, valid and appropriate research in relation to customers’ needs and wants. You will use given market research data and other information to make recommendations about the type of marketing campaign that a business should undertake. To complete the assessment task within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme.


Unit 3 includes aspects of both personal and business finance. Personal finance involves the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent future financial difficulties. It is vital you understand the financial decisions you will need to take throughout your life and how risk can affect you and your choices. This unit will also give you an insight into where you can get financial advice and support.

How will I be assessed?


The course is assessed through coursework, controlled assessment and an exam.  The coursework assignments will be assessed through a range of tasks including report writing, role play, and presentations and creating displays.  Each unit studied is graded at Pass (E), Merit (C), Distinction (A) or Distinction + (A*). 

How will this course help me in the future?


After 30 years of proven success, more and more employers and Higher Education institutions across the globe are choosing BTEC-qualifi ed candidates for their practical knowledge and employability skills. More than a million learners choose BTEC each year


Work – This course will allow you to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance within a business or indeed to set up your own company. 


University – This course alongside other subjects will provide progression to university.  Here you can choose to do a full Business degree or part degree which is combined other subjects.  Possible combinations are Business & Tourism Management, Business & Entrepreneurship, Business & Retail Management and Business & Sport Management.  Studying the course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your communication and independent learning skills which are vital when moving on to higher education.