Sixth Form Business

Subject Title: National Foundation Diploma in Business

Level : 3

BTEC or AS/ A2 levels: BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Business – equivalent to 1.5 A level

Grade ranges: Distinction, Merit, Pass

Exam Board: Edexcel

Method of assessment: 4 Units – 3 Mandatory with 2 Externally Assessed

Length of course: 2 years

Information about the course to include units covered

This course is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. There are six units of work, four of which are mandatory and 2 of which are externally assessed, by the examining board, Edexcel.  The four mandatory units are:

Unit 1 – Exploring Business –  this is an introductory unit which is internally assessed, studying the purpose of different businesses, their structure and the effect of the external environment.

Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign – In this unit learners will gain skills relating to and an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. This unit is assessed under supervised conditions.

Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance – An externally marked written examination.

Unit 4 – Managing an Event – learners will work as part of a small group to plan, coordinate and manage a business or social enterprise event and evaluate the skills gained.

There will be two further optional units undertaken to make up the six units of work, these may be different each year.

The internally assessed units will consist of several assignments which cover the assessment criteria. Students work with the teacher and independently to complete the work.

Students studying this course need to be well organised, good at working to deadlines and be interested in a career in business or as a stepping stone onto a course at university.

Many of our students go on to work in local businesses. A high proportion of business students go on to study a business related degree at University.

Entry requirements: Although not essential, having studied a business course at Level 2 would be beneficial.  English and mathematics at 4 grade or above preferred.

Possible exit routes: Employment in Administration, Retail, Recruitment or Financial Sector Industries.  Entry onto a University degree.