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BTEC First in Business

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. Specialist areas also include:

  • ¬†finance, both personal and business, together with bookkeeping, which supports development of basic financial principles
  • Working in teams and team building
  • Business support and administration, following business support systems including filing
  • Personal selling and the processes involved
  • Business online- how this can support business processes
  • Enterprise and business start-up.

The BTEC Firsts in Business now contain units in new specialist areas such as:

  • aspects of retailing such as promoting, branding and visual merchandising
  • consumer rights
  • business ethics
  • lean management techniques
  • Logistics.

The units are of two different sizes, either 5 or 10 credits. The increased number of units will allow centres to plan innovative, imaginative and creative curriculum planning and delivery.

The BTEC Firsts in Business offer course teams in centres an opportunity to develop their own assignments/activities, to take into account the needs of both local employers and their learners.

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.

Business employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods. The BTEC Firsts in Business provide opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course. This can be both through

Presentations and discussions in which they have the opportunity to express their opinions. Learners should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking into account industry standards for behaviour and performance. It will be beneficial to learners to use local business examples wherever possible, and for centres to engage with local employers for support and input.

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.