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Holmer Green Senior School

Holmer Green Senior School

Business Studies - BTEC

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the business sector.

Course Content

Unit 1 – Exploring a business
Explore the features of different businesses and analyse what makes them successful, Investigate how businesses are organised, examine the environment in which businesses operate, examine business markets, Investigate the role and contribution of innovation and enterprise to business success.

Unit 2- developing a marketing campaign
Gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed, exploring different stages of the process.

Unit 3- personal and business finance

Personal finance involves the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent the future financial difficulties. The business finance aspects of the unit introduce you to accounting terminology, the purpose and importance of business accounts and the different sources of finance available to businesses.

Unit 8 – recruitment and selection
Recruiting the right people is essential to the success of a business. It is important that the processes and procedures involved in recruitment and selection meet the needs of the business and comply with current regulations. You 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. You will explore the various selection tools and the enhanced use of technology in this area.


Exam Board: Edexcel

4 units, of which 3 are mandatory, 1 is optional.

  • 2 units are internally assessed through controlled assessments.
  • 2 units  are externally assessed via exams.

Head of subject: Mrs Sabharwal

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in English Literature and language, 5 in Maths, 5 in Business

Are you interested in: Learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects?

Leading to a career in: Accountancy, HR Manager, Marketing Manager, Logistics Director, Entrepreneur, Retail, HR and Banking, Recruitment and Sales.

This subject goes well with: ICT, Media Studies, Geography

Student views

“BTEC business is interesting because it gives a first hand experience of real life business experiences.”