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BTEC Business First Award

BTEC Business First Award

This qualification looks at business in a consumer society and focuses on how business organisations operate, the key concepts and principles related to success in the world of business, and the skills needed to work in business.   For the Award, there are two core units:

Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World

This Unit explores key introductory business theory, whilst using creativity and entrepreneurial skills to apply that theory to realistic business ideas.  Students will explore what businesses do, trends that affect them, how they operate and the factors that influence their success.

Unit 2 – Finance for Business (online test)

This unit will prepare students with the essential financial principles that underpin successful business.  The unit introduces learners to types of costs businesses incur, financial planning tools (budgeting, cash flow forecasting) and how to measure the results using financial statements (profit & loss, balance sheet). 

Students can then choose two optional units:

Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service

Unit 5: Sales and Personal Selling



75% Internal – Teacher assessment

25% External – Online test in Finance



This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE grade A* – C and is graded as:

Pass (C) Merit (B) Distinction (A) and Distinction* (A*)

The qualification provides a broad and solid foundation for progression to Level 3 BTEC Business or AS Level Business.  This course will provide key knowledge and skills to progress to any Business related careers.

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