There are two different business courses to choose from:

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business

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 engaged learners and take responsibility for their learning.  The skills developed include:


working from a prescribed brief

working to deadlines

presenting information effectively

accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.

BTEC business 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 business, students will complete four units:

Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World – coursework only

Students will learn about how trends and the current business environment impact on a business.  Students will plan an idea for a new business and present a business model for a business start-up.

Unit 2: Finance – online exam

Students will learn about the essential financial principles that underpin successful business.  This includes the types of costs business incurs, from the initial start-up costs to the ongoing daily expenditure of running a business.

Unit 3: Promoting a Brand – coursework only

This unit involves the use of branding and the promotional mix in business.  Students will develop and promote a brand for their own business idea.

Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment – coursework only

This unit involves learning about different job roles and functional areas in business.  Students will produce documentation for specific job roles.  In addition, students will demonstrate interview skills and plan their career development.

Assessment Method

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

75% coursework (3 coursework based units)

25% examination (1 externally examined unit)

Be part of the action

Business makes the world go round.

It creates wealth.

Economies depend on it.

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 a Business 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 business courses are an ideal qualification if you wish to go straight into employment, because they give 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