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BTEC Business

SUBJECT overview

In Btec Business, learners gain knowledge on the business world and have a good understanding of the key ingredients for business success. They will also learn how businesses are organised, how they communicate and will gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed,  the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities. Our learners end up with a clear foundation of business knowledge which provides a foundation for all business-related degrees for the workplace.

unit overview - autumn term

Autumn Term: Units 3 – Personal and Business Finance, 4 – Managing an Event, 8 -  Recruitment and selection process & 27 – Work Experience in Business

Skills

Applying knowledge on Managing and carrying out an event and Work Experience In Business. Learners evaluate and reflect upon their event management skills and

their placements to ensure they get the most out of them; and learning from them to inform their future. Learners also look at aspects of both personal and business

finance.

These involve:

  • Explaining preparation for a selected work experience opportunity/ event.
  • Completing a logbook/ meeting minutes which explains their role and tasks.
  • Review their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Demonstrating of outstanding management Skills
  • Identifying improvements to be made to own personal and professional skills in response to feedback
  • Assessing performance and make recommendations for personal and

         professional development.

  • Justifying how own contribution has contributed to the successful outcomes

         of the event

  • Examining how effective recruitment and selection contribute to business success
  • Undertaking a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes leading to a successful job offer
  • Reflecting on the recruitment and selection process and your individual
  • performance.
  • Understanding the importance of managing personal finance
  • Exploring the personal finance sector
  • Understanding the purpose of accounting
  • Completing statements of comprehensive income and financial position and evaluate a business's performance

Knowledge

Learners should understand the role of an event organiser.

Learners should understand the skills required to become an effective event organiser.

Learners should understand how to carry out a personal skills audit and justification of how own skills match those of an events’ organiser.

Learners should understand the feasibility of the event proposal.

Learners should be understand how to evaluate and justify the feasibility plan, tools, budget and risk, making any required contingency adjustments.

Learners to understand how the recruitment processes is used and how they

contribute to the success of the selected business.

Learners to understand how documents are prepared and participate in the interview activities supported the process for a job offer.

Learners to understand how well the recruitment and selection process complied

with best practice, drawing reasoned conclusions as to how it will support learners’

future career.

Learners should show understanding of business and personal finance principles, concepts, key terms, functions and theories.

Learners should show understanding of financial issues and accounting processes

to real-life business and personal scenarios.

Learners should be able to show understanding of how to evaluate how preparing

for work experience can support their understanding of the workplace and appropriate career opportunities.

Learners should be able to understand the importance of evaluating the

effectiveness of the businesses induction and health and safety practices, making recommendations for improvement

Learners should be able to understand the importance of evaluating their  work experience, drawing reasoned conclusions as to how it can support your future

career

Rationale

Learner will gain a foundation for a number of finance and business units which

will help them to analyse profitability, liquidity and business efficiency. It will give

learners the knowledge and understanding to manage their personal finances and will give them a background to business finance and accounting as they progress to employment or further training.

Learners will undertake a work experience placement. The unit makes learners

evaluate and reflect upon those placements to ensure they are getting the most

out of them; and learning from them to inform their future. Not only are these

placements beneficial to learners current work, but the experience is highly valued by employers for a variety of careers within the business sector as employers are

looking to recruit those who have some knowledge of the world of work.

Learners explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. Learners

have the opportunity to participate in selection interviews, through role play and

review their performance. They will need to be organised and prepared so that they demonstrate their communication skills in this work-related competence. Learners

will gain a foundation for progression to employment, for example in a human

resources role, or to higher education. Through undertaking recruitment activities

the unit will help to develop the skills needed in an interview situation.

Learners will work as part of a small group to plan, coordinate and manage a

business or social enterprise event and evaluate the skills gained.  This unit

combines your creativity and organisational skills to produce successful, memorable events, whether for profit or social enterprise.

During this unit learners will develop their teamwork, communication, time-

management, negotiation and problem solving skills. This knowledge will help

learners develop the essential transferable skills that employers look for.

Learners must also be able to successfully complete assignments set on the above.

unit overview - spring term

Autumn Term: Units 1- Exploring Business, 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign &

16 – Visual Merchandising

Skills

Applying knowledge on gain an overview of the key ingredients for business

success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate and gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed, understand the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes

them and their activities.  

These involve:

Exploring the features of different businesses and analyse what makes them

successful. Investigating  how businesses are organised.

Examining the environment in which businesses operate.

Examining business markets.

Exploring how retail outlets apply visual merchandising and display techniques in

line with legislation and safety considerations.

Examining the psychological and technological merchandising techniques used to influence customers.

Creating a successful display for a retail outlet through the use of appropriate visual merchandising techniques.

Developing a Marketing Campaign.

Knowledge

Learners to understand the reasons for the success of two contrasting businesses, reflecting

on evidence gathered.

Learners to understand the extent to which the business environment affects a given organisation, using a variety of situational analysis techniques

Learners to understand how changes in the market have impacted on a given business and how this business may react to future changes.

Learners to understand the use of innovation and enterprise for a business in

relation to its changing market and environment.

Learners to understand information and data relating to the development of a

successful marketing campaign in context. They can apply a range of relevant

marketing concepts and decision-making tools in order to give justified recommendations for a campaign within budget

 Learners to understand the extent to which different visual merchandising and

display techniques contribute to the success of businesses.

 Learners to understand how psychological and technological techniques are used to increase business success.

Learners to understand how to demonstrate individual self-management and

initiative in the presentation of a high quality successful display for a retail outlet

through the creative use of visual merchandising.

Rationale

Learners study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive.

By developing relevant business knowledge and understanding. This will help learners progress to employment, vocational training and higher apprenticeships, or higher education. This unit will give you a foundation for progression to employment.

Learners study marketing aims and objectives for existing products/services and understand the importance of relevant, valid and appropriate research in relation to customers’ needs and wants. This unit will give learners an insight into how important marketing is to business. It will enable them to make an informed choice as to

whether they want to specialise in marketing in employment, training or higher

education.

Learners study the practice and techniques used to visually promote the sale of

products. Learners have the opportunity to investigate and demonstrate some of the practical skills and techniques that retailers use to tempt customers into their stores.

The unit will also help learners to decide if they would like to work in or continue to

further study in this area.

Learners must also be able to successfully complete assignments set on the above.

unit overview - summer term

Summer Term: Units 8 & 16

Skills

Applying knowledge and gain an overview of the key ingredients for business

success, how businesses are organised, how they recruit and select staff, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate,

and how this shapes them and their activities, including the use of Visual

Merchandising.

These involve:

  • Undertaking a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes leading to a successful job offer.
  • Examining the psychological and technological merchandising techniques
  • used to influence customers.
  • Creating a successful display for a retail outlet through the use of appropriate
  • visual merchandising techniques.
  • Reflecting on the recruitment and selection process and your individual
  • performance.

Knowledge

Learners to understand how well the recruitment and selection process complied with best practice, drawing reasoned conclusions as to how it will support learners’ future career.

 Learners to understand how well the recruitment and selection process complied

with best practice, drawing reasoned conclusions as to how it will support learners’ future career.

Learners to understand  the extent to which different visual merchandising and

display techniques contribute to the success of businesses

Learners to understand demonstrate individual self-management and initiative in

the presentation of a high quality successful display for a retail outlet through the

creative use of visual merchandising.

Rationale

Learners will learn that successful recruitment is key to maintaining the success of a business, as people are often considered to be the most valued resource. Learners

explore the various selection tools and the enhanced use of technology in this area. Businesses with an effective recruitment process in place are more likely to make successful appointments. In a competitive labour market this is a major advantage

and will support business success looking to recruit those who have some knowledge

of the world of work.

Learners will learn that Visual merchandising (or VM) is the art of setting out stores

in ways that customers will find attractive and appealing. Window and internal

displays, product positioning and effective promotional techniques are all important aspects of visual merchandising designed to increase store traffic and sales volume.  Learners will have the opportunity to investigate and demonstrate some of the

practical skills and techniques that retailers use to tempt customers into their stores.

The unit will also help you to decide if you would like to work in or continue to further

study in this area.

Learners must also be able to successfully complete assignments set on the above.

knowledge organisers

A knowledge organiser is an important document that lists the important facts that learners should know by the end of a unit of work. It is important that learners can recall these facts easily, so that when they are answering challenging questions in their assessments and GCSE and A-Level exams, they are not wasting precious time in exams focusing on remembering simple facts, but making complex arguments, and calculations.

We encourage all pupils to use them by doing the following:

  • Quiz themselves at home, using the read, write, cover, check method.
  • Practise spelling key vocabulary
  • Further researching people, events and processes most relevant to the unit.