Business (Applied)

There are two different business courses to choose from:

  • BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise
  • GCSE Business Studies (OCR)


The new BTEC business qualification will allow students to develop a greater understanding of the business environment. Students are encouraged to apply learning and skills in a work related context. This allows the student to become an engaged learner and take responsibility for their learning. The skills developed include:

  • teamworkworking from a prescribed brief
  • working to deadlines
  • presenting information effectively
  • accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.

BTEC Enterprise is designed to motivate and empower learners to investigate the complex business environment and develop their own conclusions. This newly developed knowledge can allow students to progress to university or equip learners for the workplace environment.

Outline of Course:

In BTEC Enterprise, students will complete three components:

Component 1: Exploring enterprises – coursework only

Students will examine the characteristics of enterprises and explore how market research helps enterprises to meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour. They will also investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise.

Component 2: Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity – coursework only

If you are going to succeed as an entrepreneur or as an innovator in business, you need to have great ideas and plan how you are going to put them into practice. In this component students will explore ideas, plan and pitch for a micro-enterprise activity. They will also review their micro-enterprise activity pitch.

Component 3: Promotion and finance for enterprise – external synoptic exam

In this component students will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market. Students will also explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success.

Assessment Method

On successful completion of the BTEC tech award, students will be awarded the equivalent of 1 GCSE grade.

  • 60% coursework (2 coursework based components)
  • 40% examination (1 externally examined unit)
  • Grade Points

Be part of the action

Business makes the world go round. It creates wealth, economies depend on it and the profits that businesses make finance the public services.The UK, in particular, has a strong enterprise culture and young people play a key role in this. In the last year, around 70,000 young people started new businesses in England and Wales. To do that successfully, you need essential business skills and understanding.All employers value individuals who understand what business is all about and how it works, who have qualities like self-motivation and flexibility and who can work well in a team and communicate effectively.In return, there are exciting global opportunities, rewarding careers and high salaries for the most successful young people.

Who Should Apply for these Courses?

Students who:

  • are prepared to work hard;
  • are good at writing developed/detailed answers to business problems;
  • are comfortable when working with numbers.

It can also help if students have an interest in the real world around them, especially politics and current affairs. Students who opt for business often wish to learn more about the world of work, or they are keen to pursue a career in management or set up their own business.

What can I do with an Enterprise Qualification?

You will use a variety of skills throughout the course, including collecting and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers, colleges and universities. The options open to you depend on the results achieved and your own interest. There are a large variety of higher education courses that are based around business studies.

The enterprise course is an ideal qualification if you wish to go straight into employment as it gives you an understanding of how businesses are organised and the importance of staff and customers. Some areas of employment have further learning opportunities within them, such as apprenticeships.

For further information see

Mrs E Staines