Key Stage 5


Business Studies

In the Sixth Form we study the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business (QN 500/6750/3). The course is designed to prepare students for work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors and progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes. The BTEC is broadly equivalent to one GCE A-Level.

The Business BTEC links to the following National Occupational Standards (NOS), which form the basis of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs):

  • management and leadership
  • customer service
  • understanding enterprise
  • pre-enterprise
  • business administration
  • retail
  • accounting
  • marketing and sales
  • legal advice
  • human resources
  • health and safety
  • supply chain management
  • logistics operations management
  • traffic office.

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business is a 60-credit and 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of four mandatory units plus two optional units.

Mandatory Units:

  1. The Business Environment - The aim of this unit is to give students the fundamental knowledge of a range of business organisations, and the many factors that shape the nature of organisations operating in an increasingly complex business world.
  2. Business Resources - The aim of this unit is to develop student knowledge of the range of human, physical, technological and financial resources required in an organisation, and how the management of these resources can impact on business performance.
  3. Introduction to Marketing - The aim and purpose of this unit is to give students an understanding of how marketing, research and planning and the marketing mix are used by all organisations.
  4. Business Communication - The aim of this unit is to show students that the collection and management of business information, and the successful communication of that information throughout a business, is critical for the future prosperity of the organisation.

At Kemnal, we teach the following Optional Units:

5. Business Accounting - The aim of this unit is to enable students to understand the purpose of accounting, and the associated processes and its role in the managing of a business. Learners will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand financial information.

18. Managing a Business Event - The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in and knowledge of organising and coordinating a business event. Students will do this through planning, providing support, and follow-up activities involved in running a business event.

All units are internally assessed, based on students’ coursework . Available grades are: Pass, Merit and Distinction. A Distinction* grade will be awarded if the student achieves 520 0r more points above the Pass mark.

From September 2016, the new BTEC Nationals will be introduced. These will be assessed through a combination of internally assessed coursework and externally assessed examinations.