Course Information

BTEC First Certificicate in Business (Level 2)

Qualifications to start the course

General entry requirements for all Level 2 vocational courses are mainly D grades (grade 3/4) for at least 5 GCSE subjects.

Description of the subject

This is a vocationally related qualification. It provides knowledge of business activity and helps develop skills commonly required in business organisations.

This course suits young enthusiastic entrepreneurs that dream of setting up their own business: Equally this course suits mature thinking students who want to take a step closer to their career. Students will complete computer generated business reports, so many lessons will also be computer based. However, occassional role play and mock interviews also feature during the course.

Ultimately, this course is an exploration of how businesses work, particularly in finances and marketing; how you can set up a business; the importance of customer service; branding and sales. It also offers an inside track on how businesses recruit the best staff.

What you will do

Students will complete six units in one year (all units are 100% coursework which have to be both internally and externally assessed) and two online exams. The marking system comprises pass, merit or distinction. This is equivalent to 2 GCSEs at A* - C.

The 8 areas of study are:

  • Enterprise in the Business world
  • Finance for Business (online exam - maximum of three attempts with the best grade being accepted)
  • Principles of customer service
  • Recruitment, selection and employment
  • Promoting a brand
  • Principles of marketing (exam - maximum of two attempts)
  • Sales and personal selling
  • Introducing retail business

Future prospects

Careers in business, management and the ability to set up your own small private enterprise.