Vocational Course

Business - Business and Management - BTEC Level 3

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About this course

Have you considered what it would be like to manager a business? What are the internal and external challenges that a manager has to deal with?

This course will develop your understanding of managing resources, including people, buildings, machinery, technology and financial aspects which could apply to small, medium or large businesses. You will also explore the external factors which could influence the success of businesses and be prepared to propose strategies to overcome them.

This is a practical work-related course which also includes a wide range of topics such as Economics, Accounts, Law, Marketing, Business Ethics and Human Resources. You will examine major businesses such as McDonalds, Amazon, Manchester United, Oxfam, Apple, Tesco and other businesses you will be familiar with.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of visits, to help with your knowledge and understanding of business concepts. You will be visiting businesses including Manchester United and Alton Towers.

What will I learn?

During your course you will study units such as 'Starting a Small Business' where you will develop your own business idea. Units with an economics focus, such as 'The Business Environment', 'International Business and 'Business, Markets and the Economy,' will develop your understanding of the external factors that can affect all businesses.

The Marketing units will help you to understand how products are promoted and the different marketing methods involved when launching a product. In the second year of your course you will have the opportunity to attend sessions to develop your employability skills, these sessions are run by KPMG and Sainsbury's. In addition, Barclays Bank runs a session on Personal Finance which will help you to manage your own money.

How will I be assessed?

All units are internally assessed by completing assignments.

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Business HNC/D or a range of higher level courses including professional qualifications such as those offered by the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Chartered Management institute
  • University Progression - degree level courses including, business management, accounting, marketing, international business, business banking and finance
  • Careers - business, finance, human resources management or marketing as well as other related careers