Business Studies

Business Studies



The BTEC Firsts in Business have been designed to address the needs of Level 2 learners in key areas, including interpersonal skills and customer service. Learners have the opportunity to develop skills to support them as they build relationships with a wide variety of customers internal and external to a range of business environments.

Prior Learning

There is no specific requirement for prior learning with this course. It builds upon knowledge, understanding and skills acquired at Key Stages 1-3 in a wide range of subjects. The subjects will include those studied as part of the National Curriculum such as Mathematics, English, History and Geography.

Scheme of Assessment

The 30-credit Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate offers flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional
units. It is equivalent to two GCSEs.

The assessment approach of the BTEC Firsts in Business allows learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards the grading criteria. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace
assessment, role play and oral presentation. Delivery strategies should reflect the nature of work within the business sector by encouraging learners to research and carry out assessment in the workplace or in simulated working conditions wherever possible.

In BTEC Firsts all units are internally assessed. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:

to achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria
to achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria
to achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.


The BTEC Firsts in Business provide a route to employment into the many diverse areas of business. These could include:

roles in specialist areas such as Marketing, Finance, Customer Service or Human Resources in large organisations
a more generic role in a small local business.