BTEC First Award in Business

The BTEC First Award is a practical work-related course. It is a good introduction into business and gives students the opportunity to develop both the skills and knowledge required for success in any business.

A BTEC First Award is equivalent to 1 GCSE grades A*- C and is graded pass, merit, distinction and distinction *. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, there is one external assessment through an online test that is completed in year 11 of the course.

The Edexcel BTEC First course aims to:

  • provide learners with opportunities to link education and the world of work in engaging, relevant and practical ways
  • enable learners to enhance their English and mathematical competence in relevant, applied scenarios
  • support learners' development of transferable interpersonal skills, including working with others, problem-solving, independent study, and personal, learning and thinking skills
  • provide learners with a route through education that has clear progression pathways into further study or an apprenticeship.

This qualification has a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways within a sector. This gives learners the opportunity to:

  • gain a broad understanding and knowledge of a vocational sector
  • investigate areas of specific interest
  • develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, further education
  • colleges and higher education institutions.

This course provides opportunities for learners to progress to either academic or more specialised vocational pathways.

Unit 1* - Enterprise in the Business World - 25 % of qualification

This unit is internally assessed through the completion of assignments, once completed they are externally assessed by the exam board. The unit provides an introduction into businesses and factors that influence their success. The topics covered include:

  • What is a business?
  • What influences the success of a business?
  • How is a business owned? and why are some businesses larger than others?
  • If a business was to be set up in Knowle what business idea would be successful?
  • How is a new business planned?

Unit 2* - Finance for Business - 25% of qualification

This unit is externally assessed by students completing an online test during year 11. The unit gives students an understanding of how the finance function of a business operates. The topics covered include:

  • What costs are involved in running a business?
  • How does a business make a profit and how is it calculated?
  • How does a business plan its level of output in order to make a profit?
  • How does a business use cash flow forecasting and budgeting?
  • How does a business measure its success?
  • How does a business record its financial success?

Unit 5* - Sales and Personal Selling - 25% of qualification

This unit is internally assessed through the completion of assignments, once completed they are externally assessed by the exam board. The unit provides students with an insight into how businesses sells products and services to their customers. The topics covered include:

  • What is the role of sales staff?
  • What skills and knowledge do sales staff need?
  • What is the process involved in selling a product or service to a customer?
  • Students will be required to demonstrate how personal selling takes place and the processes that are involved

Unit 7* - Providing Business Support - 25% of qualification

This unit is internally assessed through the completion of assignments, once completed they are externally assessed by the exam board. The unit gives students the opportunity to learn about supporting roles that are needed within a business in order for it to be a success. The topics covered include:

  • What is meant by business support?
  • What are the types of business support that are needed by businesses?
  • How is office equipment used safely for different purposes?
  • What are the types of meetings a business might hold?
  • How are the meetings organised? What supporting documents are needed?
  • What follow up activities might take place after a business meeting?

* Please note: we are aware the above Unit numbers are not sequential however they relate to the Edexcel specification