Business Studies

BTEC Business Studies

The UK is the 6th largest economy in the world, consisting of micro, small, medium and large businesses and organisations operating across the private, public and third sectors and employing 29.7 million people. The CBI’s Education and Skills Survey 2013 revealed self-management, business and customer awareness, team-working and problem-solving as key attributes that employers look for in potential employees. As the UK’s economy rebalances following the financial crash of 2008 and businesses adapt to the disruption and opportunities presented by emerging technologies, there are many opportunities for entrepreneurs and employees with a sound understanding of finance, marketing, sales and management.

At Lime House School, we encourage students at Key Stage 5 to study  the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (360 GLH) in Business, part of a larger suite of Business qualifications, in a range of sizes, which share the common purpose of helping people to become occupationally ready to take up employment in business at the appropriate level.

This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping-stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college. By studying a BTEC National, learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. Learners can operate at a standard that can reasonably be expected of an 18 year old in full-time education.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business (360 GLH) is primarily an Applied General qualification, equivalent in size to an A level, which has been designed to occupy one third of the curriculum within a broader programme of study, which could include other vocational or academic qualifications. Its main purpose is to allow learners to develop the core specialist knowledge, understanding and skills, including the business environment and marketing, required by the sector. It provides a basis for progression into a broad range of roles within the sector when supported by relevant qualifications at level 2, and/or at level 3.

Learners have some opportunity to study in more depth a range of option areas of their choice including:

  • Management accounting
  • Internet marketing
  • Recruitment and selection.

As the qualification was designed in close collaboration with industry, it is fully supported by the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the sector, Skills CFA. A range of professional organisations/employers in the sector has also confirmed their support for this Pearson BTEC

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business. This means it is a highly respected route either for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, directly or following further study.

A significant proportion of recruitment in this sector is at graduate level. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business also provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector, when taken alongside other qualifications appropriate for the desired course of study. UCAS has reviewed the qualification to assess its value for access to higher education, and has allocated UCAS points.

Students study 6 units during the 2-year course and all units are both internally and externally moderated.  Units are all applied to real life business context so that students are able to use the skills once they leave Lime House.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication.


All units are internally assessed, and then a number may be externally moderated by an Edexcel/Pearson Moderator. There are no external tests or exams, and on-going assessments and moderation can take place at any time

All individual units are graded as Pass, Merit, and Distinction

For students taking individual units, each unit is certificated separately. Full award certificates will be issued where appropriate.


Mandatory Units:

  1. The Business Environment
    The aim of this unit is to give learners 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 learner 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 learners 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 learners 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.

The aim of this unit is to show learners 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.


The remaining 2 units may be chosen from the Accounting/Marketing/Human Resources/Management/Law/Administration/Retail/Logistics/General Pathway Optional units.

  • 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.

There are four BTEC grading domains:

  • application of knowledge and understanding
  • development of practical and technical skills
  • personal development for occupational roles
  • application of generic skills.

Learners who complete the unit but who do not meet all the pass criteria are graded ‘unclassified’. After assessment, each unit is graded Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

For successful candidates the grade awarded will be displayed on the unit certificate. Each unit that we are currently studying is a 10-credit value; this will be multiplied by the points awarded as below, and then totaled to reach the overall qualification achievement.

In addition, each full qualification will have an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction allocated depending on candidates’ achievements at unit level. To arrive at the grade for the full qualification, we allocate points to each unit as follows:

Unit level Points per credit
  Pass Merit Distinction
Level 3 7 8 9


Points range above pass grade Grade
460 – 499 Merit M
500 – 519 Distinction D
520 and above Distinction* D*

How will the students be assessed?

There are no timetabled examinations for this qualification; candidates may complete units at a time that suits the school. The full award and units from this qualification are graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *.

Pupil self-assessment and evaluation

Pupils should be encouraged to continually review their progress in Business Education and to set aims for future units/terms/years.  This will involve:

  • A review at the end of each unit of work on their progress.  This can be informal or noted by themselves on their assessed work.
  • A formal termly review sheet.
  • Specific tasks where they assess themselves in accordance with present criteria.