You may one day, for example, want to start your own mechanics, gardening, beauty, fashion, building or electrical business. Or, you might want to work in the big city, retail, solicitors, accountants, banking or even run your own salon. The list is endless.
Whatever you do in life you will be involved in business in some way and this course is ideal to learn as much as possible about money, work and life. It is real and relevant. Most students find this subject interesting and helpful.
The units are practical and based on real UK businesses with one unit dedicated to setting up your own small business. You will learn how to examine and analyse the key areas of business, including marketing, finance, recruitment and customer service.
On completion of the course and leaving school students can progress to two-year A-Levels or BTEC Level 3 courses at college, gain apprenticeships or find a job.
Two-thirds of the qualification is assessed by coursework. This could include presentations, customer service role plays, job interviews and independent research. The core units include starting a small business (of the student’s choice) and finance (which is assessed by an online multiple choice test). Other units include promotion, customer service, financial accounting and marketing.
It is an internationally recognised qualification from the Edexcel exam board and is the equivalent of 1 GCSE.