Course Title: BTEC Level First Award in Business (NQF)

Exam Board and Specification No. Pearson Edexcel 600/4786/0

Why is this subject important, valuable and engaging?

This course is for learners who are interested in learning about business alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of further education courses, not necessarily in business disciplines. It contextualises the skills required in business, and strengthens the capabilities of creative students as budding entrepreneurs in their own chosen industries, while also fostering a sense of intrapreneurship that could be implemented in an employment setting. Learners will be exposed to a range of different business concepts which will help to embed analytical, literacy and numeracy skills which are essential across the whole curriculum.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course?

No prior knowledge of study is required for this course, however an interest in business or the activities of some specific organisations is expected.

What will I learn on this course?

During this course, you will learn fundamental business skills such as planning, the development and research of ideas, how to manage business accounts and finances, the core skills of branding and how to promote a brand, and the importance of customer service for a business. You will implement these newly-developed skills in coursework units where you will have the chance to develop your own business idea, create a brand identity and a promotional plan for your business, and to engage in practical customer service activities to further hone your skills.

What key skills will I develop?

Alongside skills in critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and creativity, this course fosters key cognitive and problem-solving skills while utilising systems and technology. Through interactions with your peers and external parties, you will develop key interpersonal skills such as communication, collaborative working, negotiation, and presentation. As well as the ability to self-monitor, reflect and evaluate, and the ability to self-manage.

How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework)

75% coursework (internally assessed)
- Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World
- Unit 3: Promoting a Brand

- Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service

25% exam (externally assessed) 
- Unit 2: Finance for Business

What could this course lead to?

This course would suit learners looking to progress into working within a business, starting their own business or attending college for a range of subjects. The course fosters an attitude to work that would benefit any learner looking to progress into almost any avenue post-16. The opportunity to develop and implement business ideas is particularly useful for learners who have a desire to be entrepreneurs.

What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include?

Trips will include visits to small and large companies. There will also be the opportunity to attend marketing lectures at various theme parks and production studios.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Mr J Sinfield –