St. Joseph's School and Sixth Form: 22/10/2017

BTEC BUSINESS STUDIES

BTEC HOME/ BUSINESS STUDIES / HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE/ ART & DESIGN/ TRAVEL & TOURISM/ PUBLIC SERVICES

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The Business Studies area of the BTEC provision at Level 3 is one of the largest and most successful within the school. The course offered within the Sixth Form is the Subsidiary Diploma, which is the 1 A-Level equivalent that allows (and encourages) students to opt for the course alongside their other A-Level choices. The course is a general overview of the business environment with content ranging from business structure and purpose; the wider economic environment of both the UK and world; resource management; financial management, marketing strategies; business communication and accountancy. All elements of the course are achieved by the successful completion of school-devised assignment tasks. There are no external examinations as part of this course.

The course details include:

Qualification Title – BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business Studies

Qualification Number – 500/6750/3

Level – 3

General/Vocational – Vocational

Exam Board: Edexcel

Learning provider: St. Joseph’s Catholic School & Sixth Form Centre

Language: English

Venue: On Site

Include exams: No

The units covered in Year 12 include:

Unit 1 – The Business Environment

A background picture of the different businesses existing around the world – from your local corner shop to Tesco or British Airways, and the impact of global economic changes on all types of businesses.  

Unit 2 – Business Resources

A study of how human, physical, technological and financial resources are used in organisations including financial calculations such as profit/loss and balance sheets.  

Unit 3 – Introduction to Marketing

An exploration of how different types of organisation use marketing principles to meet customers’ needs and also allows you to develop marketing plans, carry out market research and investigate the ‘Marketing Mix’.

The units covered in Year 13 include:

Unit 4 – Business Communication

Pathway Choice – usually Unit 5 – Business & Financial Accountancy  

Results

 

A*

A

B

C

D

E

2012

5

3

0

2

0

0

2013

7

5

0

6

0

0

Destinations  Students who have studied Business Studies at St. Joseph’s are currently:

Studying Business related courses in universities including:

  • Exeter
  • University West of England, Bristol
  • Bath
  • Cardiff University
  • UWIC
  • Swansea University
  • Swansea Metropolitan University
  • Trinity St Davids
  • Aberystwyth

Working in apprenticeships or other employment including:

  • Accountancy apprenticeship in Bevan & Buckland Accountants
  • Tata Steel
  • Local Authorities
  • Education setting (schools, colleges)
  • Ford
  • Marks & Spencers
  • Tesco

Other activities

A very important part of all vocational courses at St. Joseph’s is the link to the world of work and modern, up-to-date, relevant information. With this is mind the different subject areas organise a variety of enrichment, cultural and academic visits throughout the course.

This year these have included:

Visit to the Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff Bay

Students from both the Year 12 Business Studies and Health & Social Care classes visited the home of Welsh democracy – The Senedd, in Cardiff Bay. During this visit they were able to experience a deeper understanding of the work of political systems and how the decisions made by these bodies affect businesses (linked to Business Studies – Unit 1) and employees and organisations within the health and care sector (linked to Health & Social Care – Unit 2). The group also had the opportunity to question their Assembly Member, David Rees in the assembly debating chamber.

Brussels 2014 35 students from across Year 12 and 13 travelled to Brussels in March 2014 to aid the learning within their Business Studies and Health & Social Care courses along with partaking in a cultural experience. The visit involved travelling via Eurostar direct to Brussels where students visited the European Parliament, met their MEP, toured the Stella Artois Brewery and taste tested with a ‘Chocolate Master’. All pupils involved thoroughly enjoyed this experience of a different culture and environment and will use what they saw in their forthcoming assignments.

Next Stop………New York 2015? Brussels 2015?  

Further Details  

Download KS5 Business Studies Pathway Document