Business Studies Curriculum Plan 2016 2018


Course Structure & Syllabus

The Btec First Award in Business is taught as a two year course. The Qualification consists of 2 compulsory Units (Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World, Unit 2 – Finance for Business) and 2 option units (Unit 8 – Recruitment, Selection and Employment, Unit 4 – The Principles of Customer Service).

Units 1,4 and 8 are all assessed via portfolio, where pupils will work independently and under controlled conditions to complete a series of pre written tasks. These Portfolios are graded at either PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.

Unit 2 is assessed by a 60 minute online examination, which can be taken at any point in the course once the pupils are ready. The examination can be retaken as many times as required. This unit is marked out of 50 and as with the other units, graded PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION

Teaching and Learning

Teaching within Business Studies uses a range of different approaches. Pupils will be expected to take part in simulated business situations and role plays, as well as traditional classroom teaching.

Post 16 Provision

For more details on Post 16 provision, please visit the West Coventry Sixth Form website

and click on courses.


The course consists of two examinations and one piece of controlled assessment


June entry Unit 2 – Business and People (25% of total GCSE Grade)

Duration – 1 hour,

Unit 3  Production, Finance and the Business Environment,

Duration – 1 hr 30 mins. (50% of the total GCSE Grade)

Controlled Assessment

(Previously known as Coursework)

This piece of work accounts for 25% of the total GCSE grade and will be completed in four weeks in November. Students will be required to research a marketing based problem and develop and present a solution. This piece of work has a word limit of 2000 words.