Business Studies Applied

Business Studies Applied

Business Studies Applied


BTEC National Level 3 in Business Studies

Why study this course?

The BTEC in Business offers an alternative to the traditional examined based course. It is an alternative to the A Level Business and accepted as an entry requirement for universities and further education colleges and valued by employers. Ideal for those who have a clear view of their future career or want to progress to higher education, it offers a practical, hands-on approach that can be lacking in more traditional routes. Students have to undertake a number of units for which they present evidence, based on actual work and studies. This allows them to demonstrate their skill and knowledge.

How is the course structured?

When studying the BTEC way, progress is measured throughout the course, allowing the student to gauge their own performance on a continuing basis, just like in a real workplace. Students are more engaged and motivated as a result, as they can see their own progress through the course rather than waiting to the end to sit an exam. For many students, the BTEC Business with all work assessed through the year and no final exams could be the better option.

Three substantial units of work are undertaken in Year 12 making up the AS grade and a further three in Year 13, completing the A2 grade.

What are the entry requirements?

It is expected that students will have obtained at least five good quality GCSEs (or a Merit at BTEC level 2) including both Maths and English. The students are not expected to have taken business studies before. It would be very useful to have an interest in the business world.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Students who take Business Studies often also study Accounting, Computing, Economics, Modern Languages or Maths. But students committed to the arts or sciences should also consider taking Business Studies in this cost centred world.

What career paths would this course lead to?

This course could help you get started in business... and give you the skills and knowledge to progress to higher education. You could work for a corporation or maybe a management consultancy. All businesses (and other organisations like charities and hospitals) need sound business skills behind them. Most students have opted to study Business at University or have followed careers in Accountancy or Retail Management.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • Time management and organisational skills
  • How to research facts and evaluate information
  • How to put over your point of view fluently
  • How to work as a team to achieve results

What Extra Opportunities are available?

Plenty! At the end of the AS year, you will take part in the ‘Malbank does the Apprentice' challenge, which involves a challenge similar to those shown in the popular TV series. Last year students were also invited to take part in the Bentley challenge which proved to be a really worthwhile experience. We are extremely grateful to a number of guest speakers who visit the school every year to help share their expertise in areas such as finance and human resources for example.

Finally, all students are given the opportunity to give something back to the local community (whilst enhancing their own CV and UCAS application of course!) by volunteering to spend their option K time at a local primary school undertaking the role of a business expert helping the Year 6 students run their Enterprise projects.