|About the Faculty|
|Welcome to the Business faculty at SJL. Our commitment to developing and maintaining student engagement alongside achieving excellence is a focus of the faculty. We continue to develop our skills and the embrace vocational aspects of the BTEC Qualification in order to incorporate this into our lesson planning and preparation. The business faculty has a team of experienced BTEC teaching staff which includes an excellent understanding of BTEC criteria, expectations and requirements to deliver this exciting business qualification.|
|Curriculum Intent Statement|
This is a Level 3 Applied General qualification and part of the BTEC suite of courses that are long established and well recognised in both higher education and industry. It is equivalent to one A Level in UCAS points and aims to provide a coherent introduction to the study of the business sector.
The aim is to provide a broad study of the core of business in the areas of business environment, finance, marketing and human resources. It is for students that are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related courses.
With a BTEC, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that will help you to impress and showcase your skills at job interviews. You’ll also gain confidence in studying on your own and picking up new information, as well as building important life skills that will help you to succeed at university and beyond.
You do not need to have studied Business Studies at GCSE. However, you will be expected to make a full contribution, both in the classroom and by concentrated independent study. You must also possess a genuine interest in current affairs.
Today’s employers are looking for confident, work-ready candidates who have the practical knowledge and technical skills you can get from a BTEC course. It is chosen by over 1 million students each year.
Key Stage 5 Curriculum
Board: EdExcel (XDG57)
Business BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
Students apply their learning through a range of practical assessments.
There are 4 units:
- 2 coursework assignments supporting a work related scenario
- 1 written exam on Personal and Business Finance
- 1 assignment written under controlled conditions relating to pre-release material.
The applied focus of this BTEC qualification encourages students to develop an understanding of how business works in the real world. Students will discover the problems and opportunities faced by local, national and international businesses, use research to develop a marketing campaign, use skills and knowledge to analyse financial information. They will investigate recruitment and selection in a large business and take part in a practical activity.
Because emphasis is placed on realistic business contexts throughout, students develop an understanding of how various business functions such as marketing, finance, human and physical resources work together, as part of a cohesive business.
There are 4 units:
Unit 1- Coursework assignment
- Students complete a series of tasks set in a work related scenario. Students will study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive.
Unit 2- Developing a marketing campaign assignment under controlled conditions based on a pre-release scenario
- This unit gives the students an insight into how important marketing is to business. They will explore the different stages a business goes through when developing its campaign and they will develop their own campaign for a given product or service.
Unit 3- External exam on Personal and Business Finance
- This unit includes aspects of both personal and business finance. Personal finance involves the understanding of why managing your money and financial decisions you will need to take throughout your life is important. The business finance aspect will introduce students to the purpose and importance of business accounts and the different sources of finance available to businesses.
Unit 8- Coursework assignment on Recruitment and Selection
- Students will explore how recruiting the right people is essential to the success of a business. There will be many practical aspects and opportunities in this unit.
Students will need to be prepared to commit to the coursework element of this course.
We would expect you to achieve at least grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics as well as an APS of 3.83 or above if combined with other BTEC courses or an APS of 4.5 or above if combined with A Level courses
The Business faculty provides a number of extra-curricular opportunities for our students, including:
- The opportunity to attend talks with local entrepreneurs from different sectors of the business world
- The opportunity to take part in Young Enterprise or Dragon Apprentice activities