About the course
If you are still deciding what specific career goal or job you want to do then this course will help you explore what job roles are available within a business setting. It could be you want to run your own business, work for a large national or multi-national firm, or help a smaller local business grow.
This project based course will help you explore and investigate the different types of businesses that exist, and how they manage themselves, in an increasingly complex and competitive modern business world.
This course is highly practical in nature and, as there are no examinations, is particularly suited to students who prefer to be assessed through coursework. It offers you the opportunity to learn about business through focused assignments based on real local and national businesses. You will develop an understanding of business concepts and theories, by seeing them in practical situations.
This course can be studied as a full Diploma - equivalent to 4 GCSES, an Extended Certificate equivalent to 2 GCSEs or a Certificate equivalent to 1 GCSE. BTECs are graded at Distinction. Merit and Pass which are equivalent to grades A - C at GCSE.
Ideally we would be looking at the equivalent of 3 GCSEs at grade D or above for entry onto the course, or a related vocational course at level 1. If you need to boost your grades in English and Maths then this would be included in the design of your individual study options. In all cases we would look at individual circumstances and take any work experience into account at the interview stage.
Our aim is to design the best programme to suit your individual needs and career goals.
What will I do on the course?
By studying this course, over one year, you will not only develop an understanding of how businesses operate at local and national level, but you will learn and develop many new skills to increase your employment and career prospects for the future. Areas of study include
- Developing your understanding of managing a team
- Having the opportunity to set up and run your own small business
- Learning how the recruitment and selection process operates
- Developing an appreciation for business concepts
- Developing your presentation skills
- Learning time management and organisational strategies
- Gaining valuable team working and communication skills by taking part in Young Enterprise, charity or college events
- Understanding how valuable financial management is to organisations
This is not a traditional classroom based course and you will be expected to visit local businesses, attend guest speaker events, go on trips and visits and be prepared to take control of your own learning and project work. All your work will be uploaded and tracked online. There is a great emphasis on developing research and referencing skills to help support the standard and quality of the assignment work you produce.
This course is ideally combined with the Young Enterprise start your own business activity, employability skills and work experience. If you need to boost your GCSE grades in English or maths this can also be accommodated as part of the course.
What can I do after the course?
When you have completed your BTEC First you will be able to take advantage of a wide range of career and study options.
You may choose to progress to the level 3 Business Extended Diploma with a view to going on to University or employment after completion.
Other options include progression on to apprenticeship programmes in subjects such as retail, administration or customer service. A longer term ambition may be to study for a particular professional or managerial pathway in subjects such as accountancy, marketing and law. Your tutors and advisers will be able to help you plan the career pathways that best suit your ambitions and career goal. Career planning and personal development are key parts of the programme of study.
You will be expected to be fully involved in all aspects of the course and take a full and active part in the Young Enterprise programme supported by your tutor. Learning activities will include trips, visits and guest speakers and the majority of your work will be assignment based.
This course suits students who prefer practical activities but does require the completion of assignments. Help and support will be provided by your tutors.
This course is studied alongside BTEC Money and Finance , and OCR Young Enterprise.