BTEC 1st Level 2 Award in Business )Edexcel/Pearson)


This course is the equivalent of 1 GCSE.


This course allows pupils to study and develop knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of business topics such as marketing, finance, sales, recruitment, retail, customer service, law and consumer rights, financial planning and forecasting, business online etc.  The course gives learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment or to progress to further courses, training or apprenticeships.


This subject is delivered through range of resources and strategies including the use of different computer software packages/internet, dvds, Youtube videos, case studies, promotional materials developed by local businesses, visiting speakers/industrial visit as appropriate, drawing on pupil’s own experience of work or work through family and friends, power point, discussions, class teaching/pair/group work and independent learning.


3 internally assessed assignments usually completed in class time One in Year 11 and two in Year 12.  Grades awarded are Pass, Merit and Distinction and are based on research within a business context.


Pupils must complete an online external examination assessed by Edexcel/Pearson plus 3 internally assessed assignments usually completed in class time.  Grades awarded are Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Transferable Skills

–       ICT skills

–       Independent research

–       Planning skills

–       Presentation skills

–       Communication skills and being able to use a range of business terms and concepts in the right context

Problem skills

Careers Link

As a progression route, this course provides students with a body of knowledge, understanding and skills which supports progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational course, academic course, training or apprenticeship.


It is useful for a wide range of careers such as Marketing Assistant, Business Administrator, Finance Assistant, Customer Service Rep/Manager, Sales Assistant, Sales Rep, Human Resource Officer, Receptionist and those wishing to eventually go on and set up their own business.


Head of Department:  Miss McCabrey       Email: