BTEC Business

One A Level Equivalent

This course will give you a broad knowledge and understanding of businesses as well as the environment in which they operate. You will develop skills needed to become a decision-maker in business. You'll be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in a way that suits you best.

Subject content

In the first year of the course you will complete two of the mandatory units for the qualification. The first unit is assessed through an assignment and is titled ‘Exploring a Business’. Within this unit of study you will investigate a range of different businesses and how they operate. The second unit of study is titled ‘Developing a Marketing Campaign’. Within this unit you will research a range of real marketing campaigns and then under supervised assessment conditions create your own for a given business scenario. In the second year you will complete two further units, one of which is a written assignment and will allow you to investigate a specific area of a business. The second unit is a mandatory examination unit which assesses knowledge of personal and business finance. All four units must be completed at a pass level in order to achieve the qualification. Higher grades (eg Merit and Distinction) are available.

Learning methods

You will learn through lectures, research projects, group work presentations and mock assignments.


Assignments, a supervised assessment and an examination.

Where can it lead?

Studying BTEC Business will open up many options for you if you would like to go onto university, apprenticeship or directly into employment. You can study Business at university on its own or combine it with other subjects such as Law, Economics, Accounting, Mathematics, Travel and Tourism or a language. You can also go into a profession such as accountancy and start to work towards your professional qualification. Other careers to consider include marketing, events management and human resources. You may also decide to run your own business