Business and Finance

Staff
Mr S Avery
Head of Business studies
Email: savery@smcc.devon.sch.uk ›
Exam Board: EDEXCEL

BTEC BUSINESS & FINANCE 
Examination Board: Edexcel Pearson (Level1/2)
The principles of business underpin every shop, office and organisation in the UK economy. This course will prepare pupils for virtually any career by teaching financial skills, marketing knowledge and organisational ability.
What are BTEC Firsts?
BTEC First qualifications were originally designed for use in colleges, schools and the workplace as an introductory level 2 course for learners wanting to study in the context of a vocational sector. This is still relevant today. The skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. In the business sector, learners would be aiming to move into entry-level roles, such as assistants in business administration, marketing, finance, human resources, sales and customer service. These qualifications are intended primarily for learners in the 14–19 age group to gain an introductory understanding of a vocational area. When taken as part of a balanced curriculum, there is a clear progression route to a level 3 course or an apprenticeship. BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team-working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.
Rationale for the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business
The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business has been developed in the
business sector to:
● encourage personal development of knowledge and skills relevant to the business
world through practical participation in a range of vocational business activities
● give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of the broad range of
business specialisms through selection of optional specialist units
● encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team working
skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units available in
the qualification structure
● provide education and training for employees in the business sector
● give opportunities for business employees to achieve a nationally recognised
level 1 or level 2 vocationally-specific qualification
● give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the business sector
or to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as the Pearson BTEC Level 3
Nationals in Business
● give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal
skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.