Business Studies (BTEC)

The Business Studies Department

A-Level Business Studies BTEC Business Studies

Business is a very popular subject at Poole High School and the overall outcomes our students achieve have resulted in excellent university places as well as popular apprenticeships at companies including JP Morgan and Price Waterhouse Cooper. Business allows students to develop a broad understanding of business organisations and provides you with the knowledge of the key business functional areas including; marketing, accounting, finance, human resources and operations management.

We offer both academic and vocational courses within of key stage 5 provision with the opportunity to specialise in a business pathway through our Extended Diploma BTEC qualification. In all our pathways our courses involve; discussions, individual work, note-taking and independent research. Success in all of our courses depends on the amount of work you put into it as well as ability and a high degree of self-motivation.

Studying our BTEC Business course offers a practical introduction to business, and supports progression to further study or employment. Students will study a range of business related activities and learners will develop transferable knowledge and skills. The qualifications prepare learners for a range of higher education courses and apprenticeships.
Some of the key issues students will understand are:

  • Helping to develop a holistic understanding of business
  • Providing a real business focus on particular units of study such as Finance, Marketing and the building of teams
  • Developing transferable skills for progression to higher education
  • Supporting progression from KS4 study
  • use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making

BTEC Business complements most other pathways however we would recommend that students will have a minimum of a ‘4’ in Maths and English to cope with the rigors of the course requirements.
Topics include:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance

At Key Stage 5 we offer three different BTEC qualifications. The Extended Certificate (1 A Level), Diploma (2 A Levels) and Extended Diploma (3 A Levels). All of these qualifications have an element of external (E) assessment as well as internal (I) coursework units.

Year 1
Extended Certificate

Unit 1- Business Environment (I)
Unit 2- Marketing Campaign (E)
The Extended Certificate Units plus;
Unit 4- Managing an Event (I)
Unit 8- Recruitment and Selection (I)
Extended Diploma
The Extended Certificate and Diploma units plus;
Unit 7- Business Decision Making (E)
Unit 19- Pitching for a New Business (I)
Unit 9- Team Building in Business (I)

Year 2
Extended Certificate

Unit 3- Personal & Business Finance (E)
Unit 27- Work Experience in Business (I)
The Extended Certificate Units plus;
Unit 6- Principles of Management (E)
Unit 5- International Business (I)
Extended Diploma
The Extended Certificate and Diploma units plus;
Unit 14- Investigating Customer Service (I)
Unit 13-Cost and Management Accounting (I)

Future Opportunities And Careers
Business is a qualification which can help you access many doors be that through a university degree or an apprenticeship. People who study business generally go into career such as; marketing, accountancy, banking and/or finance, human resources, promotion and if you are considering starting your own business in the future.