West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form Course Guide

Business Studies PEARSON BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL Specific entry requirements Pupils can still studyBTECBusiness without anyprevious GCSE business knowledge, providing they meet the following requirements: At least 5 GCSE passes at grades 9-5 (minimum grade 4 in English and maths). At least a grade 4 if business studies was taken at GCSE. Content of the course BTEC National Business is a broad based qualification that offers candidates both AS and A equivalent units. You will have a chance to investigate key elements of business such as accounting, marketing, human resources, management, law, administration and retail in which you may wish to specialise in future. The course encourages students to use and develop a range of transferable skills including discursive and analytical techniques. BTECNational ExtendedCertificate (1ALevel equivalent): This Level 3 qualification consists of four core units plus two optional specialist units that you will study over two years, i.e. three units each year. The four core units that everyone will study are: 1. Exploring Business 2. Developing a Marketing Campaign 3. Personal and Business Finance 4. Managing an Event BTEC National Diploma (Two A Levels equivalent): The Level 3 BTECNational Diploma consists of the same four core units plus four optional specialist units that you will study over two years, i.e. four units each year. There are 19 options to choose from. How is the course assessed? The course is made up of four units. Exploring Business – internally assessed Developing a Marketing company – externally assessed Personal and Business Finance – externally assessed Managing an Event – internally assessed Each coursework unit has a deadline and within each unit there are deadlines for each assignment. Students can re-submit work by prior agreement with their teacher, to try to obtain higher grades. Completed assignments are awarded grades of Below Pass, Merit or Distinction and a points score. At the end of the course you are awarded an overall grade ranging from one of the above according to you total points score. Contact Please contact Mr R Harrington harringtonr@westlakesmat.org.uk Is this course for you and where could it take you? Business is a popular course option at Post-16. We have two dedicated ICT equipped classrooms. Students are taught by two highly qualified and experienced staff. Whatever you choice of career, even if you become self-employed, you will be working and involved in business. The course will give you a valuable insight into different aspects of how businesses operate. It is a qualification employers recognize and value that will give you a distinct edge in a competitive jobs market and will add an extra dimension to your CV. The course provides excellent preparation for students who wish to pursue a career in the world of business or to continue on to higher education in this field, where there is a wide range of opportunities to combine the study of business with other academic interests. The emphasis of the course is on the practical application of business theories and concerts to current developments in actual businesses. As such it will help you to develop valuable research skills and an ability t work independently. The course involves a variety of learning methods: Group work, presentations, industrial visits, and guest speakers from industry and individual assignments. This qualification will enable students to study business in higher education at HND or degree level, the course is recognized by universities and carries similar UCAS points as any A Level subject. The course will gain you a level 3 qualification that will open up a lot of career and business related opportunities. During the past few years, many of our students have gone on to study Business in higher education and/or obtained employment with local businesses such as Accountants and Solicitors. Some of our recent students have progressed onto the following routes. Business Related • Business Marketing at Durham University • Economics/International Business at Manchester University • Business Management Newcastle University • Project Management NorthumbriaUniversity • Sports Management Leeds University Apprentices • Business Admin GEN II • Balfour Beatty Business Admin • Higher Level Project Management at GEN II. • Trainee Pharmacy Technician 9 West Lakes Academy