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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy


BTEC [First Award] in Business

Head of Department         
Mr S Moss

Examination Board: Edexcel

Method of Assessment: Core Units [must pass core units to gain overall qualification]
Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World – Project [25%]

Unit 2: Finance for Business – External online test [25%]

Optional Units

Unit 3: Promoting a Brand – Project [25%]

Unit 4: Recruitment, Selection and Employment – Project [25%] 

The BTEC [First Award] in Business is equivalent to one GCSE.  Grades are awarded as Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass.  The course requires students to meet strict coursework deadlines throughout the year. 

Coursework will be based on real businesses and real investigation work.  A range of assessment methods will be required, including, reports, presentations, leaflets and business plans.

Qualification Structure

Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World [25% - coursework]

Students will know how the business environment will impact on a business, plan an idea for a new business and present a suitable business model for a business start-up.

Unit 2: Finance for Business [25% - online examination]

Students will understand the costs involved in business and how businesses make a profit.  They will be able to measure success and identify how to improve business performance.

Unit 3: Promoting a Brand [25% - coursework]

Students  will explore the use of branding and promotion in business and develop and promote a brand for a business.

Unit 4: Recruitment, Selection and Employment [25% - coursework]

Students will know about job roles and demonstrate interview skills and plan their career development.

Benefits of studying BTEC [First Award] in Business

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications.  Pupils develop their business knowledge and apply this to real world case studies and develop essential skills that are required within a work-related context.  They develop independent learning skills and other skills such as teamwork, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively and completing accurate financial tasks.