This course will give you a broad introduction to the business sector with an emphasis on core knowledge and skills which are transferable across other sectors (including effective writing, analytical skills, creative development, preparation for assessment methods used in degree).
The first of the three mandatory units focuses on the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive.
The second mandatory unit invites you to develop a marketing campaign where you will complete activities which consolidate knowledge, understanding and skills, enabling you to interpret information and data and formulate a rationale and a plan for the campaign.
In the third mandatory unit you will study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information.
In the optional unit you will explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. You will have the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review your performance.
This course comprises four units, three of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally.
Unit 1 (M) Exploring Business
Unit 2 (M) Developing a Marketing Campaign
Unit 3 (M) Personal & Business Finance
Unit 8 Recruitment & Selection Process
Assignment (2h) – set and assessed internally (25%)
Assignment – set and assessed externally (25%)
Written Examination (2h) – externally assessed (33%)
Assignment – set and assessed internally (17%)
GCSE at Grade 5+ or BTEC/NCFE at Merit+ in a business related discipline, as well as Grade 4+ in GCSE English and GCSE Maths. Candidates without a Level 2 qualification in a businessrelated discipline will be considered through interview.
In addition to the business content outlined above, this course develops transferable and higher order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, the course will provide opportunities to learn independently, to research actively and methodically, to give presentations and be active group members. These are just some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self employment or training.