The John Warner School

Professional Studies

Professional Studies

Business Studies

Course Description

This BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business will look at businesses in our society and focus on how they operate on a day to day basis. We will investigate the key concepts and principles related to success in the world of business as well as what it takes to start your own business.


The course is divided up into four units as follows:


Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World (Internally assessed piece of coursework)

This unit will introduce key business theory and ask students to use their own creativity and entrepreneurial skills to investigate their own business idea. 


Unit 2 – Finance for Business (Externally assessed – on screen test)

This unit will introduce students to the essential financial principles that underpin a successful business. Students will be introduced to financial planning tools (budgeting, cash flow forecasting) and how to measure the results using financial statements (profit & loss, balance sheet).


Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand (Internally assessed piece of coursework)

This unit will introduce what it takes to build a brand and what a business has to consider when planning brand development. You will investigate the importance of branding to a business, the types of branding that are available and why businesses need to review and update their brands. 


Unit 4 – Recruitment, Selection and Employment (Internally assessed piece of coursework)

In this unit you will be introduced to the variety of job roles that exist within businesses and the various functions that are performed by individual roles, as well as the types of organisational structures used in businesses. 


Assessment Format

75% coursework (3 units)

25% externally assessed online examination (1 unit



Course Description

Pearson BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Certificate in Hospitality

BTEC Firsts in Hospitality can help you take your first steps towards a career in events, catering or accommodation. You will learn essential skills such as planning and running an event, preparing and serving food and drink, and delivering first-class customer service.

Unit 1: Introducing the Hospitality Industry

This unit is externally assessed and allows learners to investigate different aspects of the hospitality industry, its component parts, the different products and services offered, and the essential processes involved in operating a hospitality business.

Unit 2: Working in the Hospitality Industry

This unit covers the importance of team working and customer service for working in a variety of roles within the hospitality industry. It also looks at other important aspects necessary to work successfully in the industry, such as personal appearance and personal attributes.

Unit 3: Food Safety and Health and Safety in Hospitality

This unit is internally assessed and contains key knowledge applicable across the hospitality industry that is vital for progression. This unit will benefit learners by contributing to their future employability in the industry. It complements skills units within the qualification by looking at the legislation and requirements behind the products and services provided. In this unit, learners will discover various aspects of health and safety and food safety law in relation to those working in the hospitality industry, as well as food safety and health and safety training mapped against industry requirements.

Unit 6: Planning, Preparing, Cooking and Finishing Food

In this unit learners will explore the understanding and skills required for proficiency in planning, preparing, cooking and finishing a range of food types.

Unit 9: How the Hospitality Industry Contributes to Healthy Lifestyles

This unit is externally assessed and looks at the key considerations required to ensure the products and services offered by hospitality businesses can contribute to healthy lifestyles, as well as how they respond to the changing requirements of customers. This unit builds on Unit 1 and Unit 2, which look at the industry and the role of the individual working in it. It also complements the optional specialist units by looking at the demands on the industry to ensure that the products and services offered can, where required, contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Unit 10: Marketing and Promotion in Hospitality

In this unit learners will discover the marketing activities common to the hospitality industry and how to effectively promote the products and services commonly offered.

Unit 12: Planning and Running a Hospitality Event

In this unit learners will investigate the requirements of holding a successful hospitality event and investigate the key considerations required to make it a success.


Assessment Format

75% coursework (5 units)

25% externally assessed online examination (1 unit & Unit 9)


ICT (Information and Creative Technology)

Course Description

BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Information and Creative Technology will allow students to study four units over the two year course:

  • Creating digital animation+
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Online portfolio (this is a curriculum vitae presented in the form of a website that shows off students work in ICT and other subjects)
  • The online world (test)

Assessment Format

There are a total of four units; two units are completed in Year 10 and the remaining two are completed in Year 11. Three of the units are assessed via controlled assessment that take place in lessons, and one unit is assessed by a test that is carried out on the computer.


Mr Matthew Walker