BTEC Business Course

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:School report and 3 GCSEs at 4+ or grade C or equivalent
Language Requirements:IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent)
Age:16
Start Date:September
Ideal For:Students who want a modular alternative to A-levels

BTEC Business

“The BTEC programme is a good alternative to A-level and is ideal for students who prefer to complete modular assignments. Each assignment is graded and this mark counts towards the final result of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction Star. At the end of year one a guaranteed number of UCAS points will have been accrued. The modular approach means students can review their progress at each stage of the 1 or 2-year course. They do not rely solely on an end of course exam but build up their credits. The programme can also work alongside A-level for any students who wish to combine the two.” BTEC Course Director

The Level 3 BTEC Business Programme offers an alternative to A-level study. It is a modular-based course usually of 2-year duration. It is designed for students who may benefit from a more task-based, vocational approach to learning with business theories presented in case studies and real-life examples. The course relies on continuous assessment and, as such, is an attractive option for students who have found that they tend to under-perform in exam conditions.

Redrafting of assignments is encouraged within strict parameters, preparing BTEC students for real-life where responses to a client’s demand requires agility and a positive outlook, welcoming constant improvement.

International students will benefit from a programme of English Language tuition, which supplements the BTEC programme at no additional fee.

Over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and Higher Education Institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A-levels.

Course Content

The programme provides a timetable of directed study, as well as supervised study periods and optional enrichment classes. Students study a number of core and further modules. The core modules cover essential business skills including areas such as principles of management, managing an event and international business. There is a wide range of further modules including investigating customer service, team building and market research. It is possible in some cases to combine BTEC units with A-level in order to meet university entrance requirements for programmes that are not business-related. Recent university offers have been for: Business Management, Criminology, Marketing, Psychology & Criminology, Supply Chain Management, and Graphic Design.

The BTEC approach affords tutors the opportunity of setting group task-based projects where learners are encouraged to work collaboratively. This approach is replicated by undergraduate courses at universities and a BTEC qualification is, therefore, an ideal preparation for progression to study at degree level.

BTEC enhances a student’s confidence and employability, as they learn to adapt to project work in groups, become familiar with presenting their findings back to the tutor alongside individual research via self-study. Indeed, universities report that BTEC students are particularly strong in team work, project work, practical skills, independent learning and presentations. Students take four externally assessed exams, alongside the assignments, across the two years, so they will gain exam skills; but unlike A-level their overall grade will not depend on exams alone.

2-year BTECCore Modules Further Modules 
 Exploring Business Investigating Customer Service
 Developing a Marketing CampaignTeam Building in Business
 Personal and Business FinanceRecruitment & Selection Process
 Managing an Event Recording Financial Transactions
 International BusinessMarket Research 
 Principles of Management Training and Development
 Business Decision Making  

How is the course assessed?

BTEC courses are currently assessed on a continuous assessment basis. The Course Tutor provides students with a number of assignments to complete on each module, typically 3 or 4. These assignments or occasional exams allow students to display their knowledge to a Pass, Merit or Distinction Level. These assignments are marked by the Course Tutor and moderated/verified by an Internal Verifier at Bosworth. There is also provision for the qualification provider to externally verify the grading we have awarded our students.

University Progression

Leading pathways from the BTEC Business Course include: Economics, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Advertising, Accounting & Finance, International Business, Politics, Retail Management, Travel & Tourism and Hotel Management/ Hospitality. All students receive extensive counselling about which institution and course would be their best choice.

Overview

Students have the flexibility to study a combination of the 13 modules over 2-years or they may choose to study some BTEC modules alongside an A-level. 4-5 modules is the equivalent of 1 A-level or 8-9 modules is the equivalent of 2 A-levels, which can be combined with 1 or 2 A-levels over 1 or 2-years.

BTEC Business works really well as an accompaniment to A-level study or as a stand-alone qualification. We believe in tailoring a timetable to suit each individual’s requirements, for example if a student is strong in one particular subject i.e. Maths or Art, they may choose to study an A-level in that subject but then would combine that with approx. 9 modules of BTEC Business over 2-years giving them the desired UCAS points for their chosen course.

BTEC also enhances a student’s confidence and employability, as students learn to adapt to project work in groups, become familiar with presenting their findings back to the tutor and lots of individual research via self-study. Indeed, universities report that BTEC students are stronger in team work, project work, practical skills, independent learning and presentations. It is another strong stepping stone to University and we would highly recommend in full or part to any student who prefers assignments to exams. For more information on UCAS Tariff Points.