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The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business is a 30-credit and 180-guided-learning-hour qualification (GLH) that consists of the following units we plan to deliver over the next 2 years are:

1  Business Purposes (5 Credits)

2  Business Organisations (5 Credits)

4  People in Organisations (5 Credits)

21 Promoting and Branding in Retail Business (10 Credits)

9  Training and Employment in Business (5 Credits)

Sub-categories
Unit 4 - People in Organisations
Unit 1 - Business Purposes
Business Overview

  • Coursework Deadline 17th Dec 2010,

    Aim and purpose

    Coursework handed in after the deadline will not be marked.

    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the nature of business organisations and the business environment in which they operate. Learners will do this by looking at the range of organisations that exist locally, regionally and nationally and by considering the business framework in which they operate. There will be a particular focus on businesses in the local context with which learners will be familiar.

    Unit introduction

    The wealth of the nation is created through business activity. The term ‘business’ is used to cover organisations as diverse as multinational companies and small local businesses, as well as organisations in the voluntary sector. Businesses have a wide range of purposes. Some supply goods and services, others manufacture goods. Some want to make profits to satisfy their shareholders, others do not. Businesses contribute to the national wellbeing and the unit considers the purposes of these different businesses.

    Businesses are organised differently. The largest businesses operate globally. Others may wish to remain small and free from too much legal control. The smallest businesses, for example, individuals providing an ironing or gardening service, may be run from the owner’s home and have a limited sphere of operation. Learners will look at how businesses are classified in terms of their activities and will consider the relative importance of each by looking at the local economy.

    Businesses do not operate in a vacuum. The government sets the business context. Account has to be taken of the requirements of the European Union in areas such as competition. In general terms, the government wants to create a business framework in which businesses and individuals can flourish. Learners will look at some simple linkages to understand how the government affects business. When interest rates fall, businesses borrow cheaply to invest and produce more to sell at home and abroad, so they take on more employees who receive incomes which they then spend on goods and services so stimulating demand for products from other businesses. Growth, income, exporting and employment can all be examined through examples such as this.

    Learners will look at the changing patterns in the business environment and the reasons for these changes.

    Businesses need to be flexible and responsive to the changes in the business environment if they are to survive and succeed.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this unit a learner should:

    1 Understand the purpose and ownership of business

    2 Understand the business context in which organisations operate

  • Coursework Deadline April 2011 -

    Coursework handed in after the deadline will not be marked.

    Aim and purpose

    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the aims and objectives of business organisations and how they are organised into functional areas to meet their business aims and objectives. Learners will do this by looking at examples of local and national organisations and for which information is readily available. There will be a particular focus on businesses in the local context with which learners will be familiar.

    Unit introduction

    Many different types of business operate nationally. In this unit the term ‘business’ includes all organisations that have a business purpose, so it includes charities and voluntary organisations. Learners will look at how different businesses have different aims and objectives and how they then structure themselves to meet them.

    Many businesses have an aim/mission, which is a broad statement that defines the ethos of the business.

    The business needs to have objectives that flesh out how the aim/mission is to be accomplished and these should be specific and measurable. The unit will consider the range of objectives that exist in business.

    Consideration will be given to how businesses organise themselves in order to achieve their objectives. Once a business has ceased to be small it will become functionally organised so each activity becomes a specialist activity that needs to be organised, structured and sequenced to support business objectives. The purchasing department in a supermarket must ensure the goods inwards area expects and can store supplies from the warehouse. In its turn, the warehouse has to load and despatch trucks to stores in response to their orders and to ensure the goods arrive in time to avoid empty shelves and disgruntled customers who might take their business elsewhere and dent the supermarket’s sales and profit figures. Learners will develop their understanding of these areas and how they function and interrelate. The unit provides a business context within which learners in employment or on work placement may use their experience. The unit also develops a greater understanding of business activity for those seeking employment.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this unit a learner should:

    1 Be able to set business aims and objectives

    2 Understand the main functional areas in business organisations.

  • Coursework Deadline July 2011 -

    Coursework handed in after the deadline will not be marked.

    Aim and purpose

    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the part played by people in business organisations.

    Learners will do this through a study of job roles and their functions. They will consider the different structures of business organisations, as well as considering their own preparation for employment and career planning.

    Unit introduction

    The success of any business organisation is largely due to the calibre of the people who work in it. An organisation will strive to ensure that it has the right people in the right place at the right time.

    This unit introduces learners to the variety of job roles that exist within organisations and the various functions performed by individual roles. Learners will discover that there are a number of important roles in any organisation which have to be performed effectively for that organisation to be successful. Organisations use person specifications and job descriptions to ensure that they recruit the best people to fill job vacancies.

    Learners will be given the opportunity to produce these important documents for given job roles. They will also have the opportunity to complete an application and an interview for a specific job role.

    Learners will also learn about the types of organisational structures used in business organisations.

    Learners will also consider how they should prepare for interview and employment and the necessary steps for career planning. They will have the opportunity to produce their own career development plan.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this unit a learner should:

    1 Know about job roles and their functions in organisations

    2 Be able to produce documentation for specific job roles

    3 Be able to prepare for employment and plan career development.