Business - BTEC

The business BTEC covers: business environments, marketing, and finance, and is designed to support students to progress to business courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas including human resources, marketing, accounting, and law.

What skills do I need?

To be successful in business you will need to develop a wide range of skills including:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills:
    • critical thinking 
    • approaching non-routine problems by applying expert and creative solutions
    • using new systems and technology. 
  • Intrapersonal skills
    • good communication
    • teamworking and collaboration
    • negotiating and influencing
    • self-presentation and self-management
    • adaptability and resilience
    • self-monitoring and development.

How is the course graded?

Units are assessed using a grading scale of distinction, merit, pass and unclassified.

All mandatory and optional units contribute proportionately to the overall qualification grade e.g. a unit of 120 GLH will contribute double that of a 60 GLH unit. There is no unit grade of D*.

For external units only, a grade of N may be awarded for learners not gaining enough marks for a P grade.

Final Qualifications results are graded using a scale of P to D*.

The mandatory units are:

Unit 1 - Exploring business (coursework-based)

Unit 2- Developing a marketing campaign (externally assessed within an allocated time)

Unit 3 - Personal and business finance (written examination)

Optional units (coursework-based) of which one will be chosen:

  • The recruitment and selection process
  • Investigating customer service
  • Market research
  • The English legal system
  • Work experience in business