BTEC Business is a general course covering a variety of business topics. As it is vocational in nature, learning is undertaken in a more practical way, and it is ideal for students more adept at continuous assessment ( coursework ) as there are no external examinations.
What will I study?
There are two BTEC options:
- BTEC Business Subsidiary Diploma ( equivalent to 1 A level )
- BTEC Business Science Diploma ( equivalent to 2 A levels )
Each course covers a variety of business modules including the types of business, business finance, marketing and business communication, e-commerce, recruitment and selection. Employment law, human resource management, and creative promotion are covered in the larger Diploma course.
Both BTEC courses are assessed via continuous assessment ( coursework ). There are no examinations in either BTEC option.
As the BTEC is designed to be more vocational in approach, students learn not only about business theory, but also develop their IT, problem solving and team working skills.
Students will study local businesses and there will be opportunities to visit these businesses. Students are also required to undertake some work experience.
Where might it lead?
BTEC Business courses when combined with A levels offer an excellent route to university for a variety of business based degrees. These include: marketing, retailing, human resource, business management, accounting and finance, logistics and enterprise based degree courses.
Alternatively, students may gain employment directly from college. As the course is vocational many employers recognise that a student leaving college with a good grade will have had a good understanding of business theory as well as enhanced employability skills.