St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Business Studies (BTEC National)

St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College
In London

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Typology BTEC
Location London
  • BTEC
  • London

Important information

Government funding available

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Where and when
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St Charles Square, W10 6EY, London, England
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St Charles Square, W10 6EY, London, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

- Four Cs at GCSE and preferably a D in GCSE Mathematics OR - A Merit at BTEC First level.

Course programme

Business Studies (BTEC National)
Level: Advanced Level 3

Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

Course Content:
The BTEC National Certificate is awarded for a portfolio of 12 units of work. There are no examinations in this course as all 12 units involve coursework. The units available include 4 compulsory units which are Exploring Business Activity, Investigating Business Resources, Introduction to Marketing and People/Communication and Information, all of which are taken in year 12.

The 2 optional units for year 12 will be Creative Product Promotion and Introduction to Accounting. In year 13 the units are Human Resources Management, Health and Safety in the Workplace, Starting a Small Business, Business Ethics, Business and the Economic Environment and Financial Accounting.

Teaching Learning Methods:
Students on this course are exposed to a variety of teaching methodologies including independent research/investigation, group work, student centred learning, peer support, business simulations and tutorials. Students will be expected to supplement their classroom work by reading around the particular unit of study and engaging in extra curricular events such as visits to businesses and Young Enterprise.

Key Skills:
An important component of the course is the development of the student's skills in information communication technology. This will be achieved through the delivery of a Key Skills programme run throughout the year.

All students will be given the opportunity to develop information communication technology key skills (for which they will receive full accreditation, which have been identified by both employers and the Government as essential for young people to have in today's world of business), and can count towards UCAS entry points.

BTEC National is a coursework based qualification. A variety of assessment methods will be used including: formal written reports, individual & group presentations, short tests and 1 to 1 interviews to clarify understanding and support witness statements.

Each student will produce a portfolio of 12 pieces of coursework. Students will have an opportunity to secure a PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION grade for each piece of work by developing their understanding of business theory, completing specific tasks and following up teacher feedback.

The final grade for the course is calculated based on the students overall performance and is the equivalent to two A levels.

Skills & Commitment:
Students should possess the following skills:
- The ability to work independently
- The ability to work as part of a team
- The ability to consistently meet deadlines

Due to the nature of the programme, 100% attendance is essential, as is the ability to meet deadlines. Students will be expected to produce assignments to a high standard. Commitment to keep up to date with business and economic affairs through the media is also required. Students will have to spend approximately 10 hours per week outside of classroom time on work for the course.

A considerable proportion of students from this course progress onto university. The students tend to take degree/HND programmes in the following areas:
Business Studies, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Computing (with an extra qualification) or a combination of these.
This course is suitable for students who are interested in a career in:
A business/administrative career in the Civil Service, Local Authorities, Health Service, large companies, small specialist businesses (e.g. Advertising agencies), legal work, finance, banking, building societies, insurance companies, Stock Exchange and the City. Opportunities also exist for specialist secretaries (with keyboard/language skills) and for computing specialists.

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