This course has been designed to help give students the skills, knowledge and understanding which will prepare them for working life, now and in the future, as confident individuals and members of society. The units on the BTEC course encourage students to be creative, to manage their work, to become financially capable and to develop a can-do attitude. The course enables students to develop employability skills, such as the ability to problem solve, to communicate effectively and to work well in a team as well as independently.

More information about the course can be found by going to the AQA Examination website.

Students can also find information to help with their studies by visiting the following websites:

Course Overview

All students complete four units of work. 3 of these will be assessed through a coursework based project and 1 will be assessed through an online exam.

In year 10 students will study:

  • Unit 3: Promoting a Brand (coursework based)
  • Unit 2: Finance in Business (exam based)

In year 11 students will study:

  • Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World (coursework unit)
  • Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service (coursework unit)

All the coursework based units involve extended writing tasks. Whilst the exam focuses on students mathematical skills and abilities in the context of a business’s finance, the exam will also feature some extended writing questions.

This course has been designed to help give students the skills, knowledge and understanding which will prepare them for working life, now and in the future, as confident individuals and members of society. The units on the BTEC course encourage students to be creative, to manage their work, to become financially capable and to develop a can-do attitude. The course enables students to develop employability skills, such as the ability to problem solve, to communicate effectively and to work well in a team as well as independently.

Assessment

The course is graded using: level 1, pass, merit, distinction and distinction*. These are equivalent to GCSE grades in the following way:

BTEC Grade GCSE Equivalent
Level 1 D – E
Pass C
Merit B
Distinction A
Distinction* A*

Students BTEC grade is worked out based on their attainment across the four units of work. Though it is important to note that for students to attain a pass grade (C) then they will need to gain at least a pass to gain at least a pass one of the two core units (Unit 2: Finance for Business and Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World).

  1. Exam based units (Unit 1, 3 and 4)
    Students will be required to produce detailed reports, PowerPoint’s, leaflets and other documents based on set assignments (these are available on our curriculum pages).

  2. External Examination (Unit 2)
    At the end of year 10 students will sit an exam. The exam will be made up of a variety of different question styles and will cover everything the students have looked at in lessons from year 10. It will be completed online and marked by the exam board. The exam is split into a variety of questions including:

    • Calculation questions
    • Multiple choice questions
    • Short sentence questions
    • Longer, structured questions

Home Learning Policy

We will only set homework that is useful! It will either be to check understanding or to prepare or finish coursework task or revision for in class assessments. Because we will only set homework relevant to the work student are completing in class, failure to complete the homework will hamper progress and so, in line with the school policy, a detention will be issued for incomplete homework.

Rest assured we will be monitoring progress of all students very closely and should we have any concerns, we will contact you. However, should you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact his/her class teacher directly. Our email addresses are available via the school website.

Year Plan

Year 10 Outline

Date Topics to be assessed
September Introduction to the Course and Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
October The Importance of Branding / The Marketing Mix
November The Promotional Mix
December Coursework – Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
January Coursework – Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
February Coursework – Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
Introduction to Finance – Unit 2
March Costs, Revenues and Profits
April Break Even and Budgeting
May Cash Flow and Profit and Loss Accounts
June Balance Sheets
Revision
July Revision
Exam

Year 11 Outline

Date Topics to be assessed
September Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World / Size of Business and Business Types
October Assessing Business Ideas
November Coursework – Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World
December Coursework – Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World
January Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service – What is Customer Service and How do Businesses Provide Good Customer Service?
February Customer Service Skills and Delivering Reliable Customer Service
March Coursework – Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service
April Coursework – Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service
May Coursework – Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service