BTEC National Diploma in Business

BTEC National Diploma in Business     Exam Board: Edexcel


Course Content:

Students will need to complete a number of units to gain the BTEC National Diploma in Business

(equivalent to two A levels).


BTEC National Diploma in Business (6 mandatory units plus 2 optional units)


Mandatory Units

Unit 1: Exploring Business (Coursework) – students will study the features of different businesses, explore what makes businesses successful, investigate how two businesses are organised and investigate the environment and the markets in which businesses operate. They will then investigate the role of innovation and enterprise in business.


Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign (Externally assessed set task) – students will be provided with a case study two weeks prior to a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research in preparation for the three hour supervised assessment. Students will carry out a task that requires them to prepare a rationale and then plan a marketing campaign for a given product or service. 


Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (Examination) –Students will learn the importance of personal and business financial documents, financial planning tools such as cash flow forecasts and break-even and will learn to prepare and analyse statements of comprehensive income and statements of financial position.


Unit 4: Managing an Event (Coursework) – students will investigate successful events and use this research to run an event themselves.  They will need to work in a team to plan, stage and evaluate the success of the event.


Unit 5: International Business (Coursework) – students will explore the benefits and issues associated with international business. They will need to investigate the economic and cultural factors that influence businesses in an international context. 


Unit 6: Principles of Management (Externally assessed set task) – students will receive a pre-released case study a weak before and complete the set task.  Students will prepare by examining how businesses adapt their approaches to management in response to challenges in their environment. 


Optional Units - will be decided based on staff expertise but are likely to include the following: Recruitment and Selection Process and Investigating Customer Service.



Career opportunities:

BTECs carry UCAS points and are recognised by higher education providers as

contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses such as Business Management and Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Marketing and International Management. Students can also progress directly into employment such as junior business roles in marketing, administration, finance, events management, human resources, and other related areas in the business sector, including Higher Apprenticeships.


Entry Requirements:

5 good GCSE results grades 9-4, or grade equivalents, including at least grade 4 at GCSE in English and Maths. Students studying BTEC First Business should have achieved Merit and those studying GCSE Business grade 4. Students do not need to have studied Business previously to be successful on this course.