As consumers we are affected by businesses in many ways. In addition many of us will work for a business in the future. The course aims to develop an understanding of the world or work through a vocational approach that does not involve any examinations. It is equivalent to one GCSE and graded by a Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.
The course includes developing an understanding of:
UNIT 1: Enterprise in the Business World
The unit introduces the language and terminology used in business what businesses do, trends that affect them and how they operate.
UNIT 2 : Finance for Business
In this unit costs and sources of revenue are explored, along with an understanding of profit, budgets and cash flow.
UNIT 3 : Promoting a Brand
This unit considers the importance of branding, promotion, place, price and products in the promotional mix.
UNIT 8 : Recruitment, selection and employment
In this unit the variety of job roles that individuals perform are explored, along with the opportunity to apply for a job vacancy and produce a career development plan.
How you will be assessed
The assessment approach of the BTEC First in Business allows learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards the grading criteria. Evidence for Unit 1, 3 and 8 assessments may be generated through a range of diverse activities including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace assessment, role play and oral presentation.
Unit 2 is assessed via a 1 hour online exam consisting of a multiple choice and short answer questions.
Delivery strategies reflect the nature of work within the business sector by encouraging learners to research and carry out assessment in the workplace or in simulated working conditions wherever possible. Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking into account industry standards for behaviour and performance.
How will it help me at Post 16?
You may go on to study A level Business Studies or Economics which are available at Wigston College. You may undertake an Applied Business course or Vocational Business course such as BTEC National Business Level 3 or OCR National Business Level 3. It will also help you to understand the work place and prepare you for employment after leaving college.