The study of Business is the interesting look into how and why we organise ourselves into working groups to make the best use of our limited resources. It is a practical insight into the world of many different and varied businesses, constantly asking questions as to why they make their decisions and the consequential impact of these decisions on the immediate business and our economy as a whole.
Contact: Mr Price in the Business Department.
The course below may be started in Year 9 or Year 10.
BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business
On completion, this course will give you one GCSE equivalent over the course of two years (if started in Year 10) or three years (if started in Year 9).
There are two Compulsory Units:
An in depth study of the National and Local factors that affect businesses, both large and small, and the current trends that influence their decision making. The second half of the Unit focuses upon the creation of a realistic Business Plan for a new enterprise of the students choice.
An opportunity to apply the basic tools of Finance, Cash Flow statements, Profit & Loss accounts, Balance Sheets and Break-even calculations.
Specialist (optional) Units
There are a selection of optional units covering different areas of Business practice, assessed as coursework, these include;
Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service
Unit 5: Sales and Personal Selling
Unit 6: Introducing Retail Business
Unit 7: Providing Business Support
Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment.
Students will study two from the list above.
What will I learn?
How will I be assessed?
You will undertake an investigation into a business and conduct coursework, the theory learnt will be applied to the business that you have chosen or one that you have been given to investigate. Units are assessed using a range of many different methods; these include projects, presentations, role-plays, observations of students in real-work places, photographs, notes from meetings, statements from employers etc.
For the first time, there will also be an on-line test that covers Unit 2, Finance for Business.
Are there any extra resources available to support my studies?
Local Businesses, study texts, case studies, guest speakers and business trips.