KS5 BTEC Business

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to provide learners with a broad understanding of the Business world on a local, national and international scale. 

BTEC Business is a practical, work-related course which is ideal for students who have an interest in business, management, accounting, human resources or marketing. 

Alternatively it is suited to those students seeking to be self-employed or those that see themselves as an entrepreneur. This course is suitable for students who enjoy a wide variety of learning styles as it combines a range of internally and externally assessed units.

What are the entry requirements?

Level 3 entry requirements.
Previous knowledge of Business Studies is not necessary.Students will gain a valuable insight from following the news, current affairs and documentaries.
Programmes such as Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice are useful too.

How will I be assessed?

The course consists of four units of study, comprising of one internal coursework unit and one externally assessed unit each year. 


The course is as follows: 

Year 12 Unit 1: Exploring a Business (written internally assessed coursework) 

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing campaign (written externally assessed controlled task). 

Year 13 Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (written externally assessed examination)

 Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process (written internally assessed coursework)

What are the costs?

Students will be expected to contribute towards visits connected to the course, these will be used as case studies to enhance knowledge, skills and understanding of the units being studied.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The course will appeal if you:  

  • Have a genuine interest in business 
  • See yourself as the next Richard Branson, James Caan or Jane Asher 
  •  Enjoy studying a subject that will broaden your experiences  
  • Envisage working for yourself in the future 
  •  Want to find out more about the subject through research, teamwork and independent study 
  •  Wish to study a course which is active, fun and enjoyable

Future Opportunities

Careers include both public and private sector employment opportunities in specific areas such as marketing, ICT, human resource management, planning and accountancy, and general administrative/managerial trainee posts in both the public sector and with large organisations.

Alternatively, study Business Studies/Management at university as a degree or combining it with other degrees such as Accountancy, Human Resources, ICT and Marketing.

Business Studies is also a good foundation for students who at some future point may wish to go self-employed. It also prepares students for a whole range of higher education courses.

Who should I contact for additional information?

Course contact: Mrs. G. Buckingham:  gemma.buckingham@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Examination board:  EDEXCEL