KS4: BTEC First Award (Level 2)

KS5: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (Level 3)

BUSINESS Curriculum Intro:

Studying Business provides learners with a broad introduction to the business sector and an understanding of how businesses operate. Through the study of realistic business contexts, learners also acquire a range of skills like time management, ICT, producing a business report, oral presentations, working in a team, problem solving, etc. In addition learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of practices and techniques used within marketing, finance, operations management and human resources. The BTEC level 2 is equivalent to 1 GCSE grade A*-C and is completed over two academic years. There are 3 internally assessed units and 1 externally (exam) assessed unit. The BTEC Level 3 in Business is designed as a specialist qualification for students who have a clear view of their future career or are seeking progression to higher education. BTEC Level 3s are equivalent to A levels and are highly valued by universities, further education colleges and employers alike. With further training or study, learners may progress into Business related careers such as accounting, administration, customer service, finance, IT, personnel or sales. If completed successfully learners could move on to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma. Learners could also go on to a Modern Apprenticeship in related subjects such as Administration or Management.

KS4

Year 1: Sept-Jan

Year 1: Feb-July

Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World

This unit introduces students to the language and terminology used in business. It explores what businesses do, trends that affect them, how they operate and the factors that influence their success.

Unit 2: Finance for Business (External Assessment)

In this unit, students will explore the types of costs that businesses incur, from the initial start-up costs involved in setting up a business to the ongoing daily costs of running the business.

Year 2: Sept-Jan

Year 2: Feb - May

Unit 3: Promoting a Brand

In this unit, students will find out what it takes to build a brand and what a business has to consider when planning brand development. Students will investigate the importance of branding to a business, the types of branding that are available and why businesses need to review and update their brands.

Unit G8: Use of ICT in the Workplace

In this unit, students will explore how ICT is used in the workplace and the factors that affect how it is used. Students will gain important transferable skills (skills that can be used in many different areas) that are highly valued by employers.

KS5

Year 1: Sept-Feb

Year 1: March-July

Unit 1: The Business Environment

The unit introduces students to a range of business activities such as the purposes of different organisations, the influence of stakeholders, how businesses organise themselves and the dynamic nature of organisations.

Unit 2: Business Resources

This unit will give students a broad understanding of the importance organisations place on managing their resources efficiently in order to achieve their objectives. The first part of this unit explores the range of human, physical and technological resources for a selected organisation. The second part of the unit explores the sources of financial resources available to organisations.

Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing

This unit will introduce students to some of the tools and techniques all types of organisations use to achieve their objectives. Students will explore how different types of organisations use marketing principles to meet the needs of their customers and achieve their objectives.

Unit 4: Business Communication

The aim of this unit is to show students that the collection and management of business information, and the successful communication of that information throughout a business, is critical for the future prosperity of the organisation.

Year 2: Sept-Jan

Year 2: Feb-May

Unit 15: Development Planning for a career in Business

This unit covers developing a career plan based on research and realistic targets. The unit is a practical unit as students develop and refine the content of their career plan. On completion of the unit, students will have developed a realistic picture of their career possibilities.

Unit 37: Understanding Business Ethics

This unit introduces students to the concept of business ethics and the application of ethical values to business behaviour. This unit examines business ethics and how taking an ethical stance affects businesses both internally and externally.

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