The BTEC Business Certificate and Subsidiary Diploma courses offer students an opportunity to achieve an A Level equivalent without having to complete examinations. This course is 100% coursework based and allows students to learn many of the same business skills, but in a vocational style of learning. The topics covered include marketing, recruitment and basic business principles such as ownership of a firm.
We operate this Edexcel course which includes three units to be completed in Year 12 and these units would qualify for the National Certificate, which is an AS equivalent. These units include; Business Environment, Business Resources, and Introduction to Marketing. If continuing the course to Subsidiary Diploma level, which is the full A Level equivalent, the scores from Year 12 units and the following units will contribute to your final grade; Business Communication, Business Accounting and Recruitment and Selection in Business.
Students begin the course covering basic business principles which will enable them to understand what key choices when running a business, such as what type of businesses exist or what financial commitments we have, before later in the course assignments are set to demonstrate what students have learnt.
The units covered are:
The Business Environment
Candidates are to complete this unit which focuses on completing presentation and website designs to inform about real-life business people they have met. The candidate will report upon business topics and assess how topics such as stakeholders or ownership will impact the firm.
This unit focuses on the things that are required to make a business successful. This will include areas such as devising a successful recruitment plan and ensuring there is sufficient knowledge about finance to develop a business idea.
Introduction to Marketing
Candidates are required to complete tasks which will demonstrate not only an understanding of marketing, but a strategic plan as to how one could market a product successfully. This will involve thought and consideration of a local firm and researched ideas to make improvements.
To ensure a full qualification at Subsidiary Diploma in Business there are three more units to complete. These are:
This unit will witness students completing tasks based around having to consider how communication could be improved in a work environment. This will also consider how structures of staff and technology might be used to ensure staff are as effective as can be.
Candidates are required to develop their skills of bookkeeping and record keeping by learning how to understand and make considered recommendations based on a firm’s financial information. This will include creating documents such as profit and loss accounts and balance sheets. Also keeping accounts records will be a skill developed on this unit.
Recruitment and Selection in Business
This unit develops on previous knowledge gained in Year 12 units about recruitment. However here the candidate will have to develop a whole plan as to how to effectively recruit and select an appropriate employee for an organisation. This will consider laws which the candidate will have to learn, as well as practical considerations such as costs and reliability in recruitment methods used.
It is strongly recommended that if you have taken Level 2 BTEC Business that you pursue this route to continue an interest in Business Studies. However, if you have not taken Business at any stage before, this is still a qualification which you might be interested in taking. Indeed, one benefit is that this route allows a sensible balance between having exam and coursework commitments when adapting to the challenges of Sixth Form study.