(Available as equivalent to either 1 or 2 A Levels)

Deepen your critical understanding of business organisations and the markets they serve. Business behaviour is studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders, including customers, employees, shareholders, the Government and the local community. Students will study business start-ups, financial planning, people and operations management, marketing, business strategy and the business environment.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop analysis and critical evaluation skills to enable you to explore how business theory can be applied to a number of different organisations.

You will develop your numeracy skills by carrying out detailed financial analysis of businesses

Ultimately, you will be able to develop skills which will enable you to improve your own learning, performance, and problem solving.

What topics will I study?

Over the two years (12 and 13) we offer a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 1 A Level) or a BTEC Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels). You will cover a variety of topics from the list below:


  • Unit 1: The Business Environment
  • Unit 2: Business Resources
  • Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
  • Unit 4: Business Communication
  • Unit 10: Marketing Research in Business
  • Unit 11: Relationship Marketing
  • Unit 13: Recruitment and Selection in Business
  • Unit 15: Development Planning for a Career in Business
  • Unit 16: Human Resource Management in Business
  • Unit 29: Understanding Retailing
  • Unit 36: Starting a Small Business
  • Unit 37: Understanding Business Ethics


Where does the course lead?

Students who have successfully completed the course have either gone on to do further study at degree level, or started work in a trainee role.  Many go on to study Business at university, however others have gone on to study Quantity Surveying, Accounting and Outdoor Pursuits.

Covering a wide range of topics, and developing a wide range of skills, the course is designed to make you more attractive to employers.  The vocational nature of the course means that you will be required to apply what you learn in class to different business situations.  Consequently, you will be better prepared to deal with real-life workplace situations, as and when they arise.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Jamieson Brown

Entry Requirements

Four Grade 4's and above

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 100%