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  • PearsonBTECLevel4HigherNationalCertificateinBusinessUnitSynopsis Page1of10

    PEARSONBTECLEVEL4HIGHERNATIONALCERTIFICATEINBUSINESS

    UNITSPECIFICATION

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    Unit1:BusinessandtheBusinessEnvironmentUnitlevel 4

    Creditvalue 15

    Introduction

    Theaimofthisunitistoprovidestudentswithbackgroundknowledgeandunderstandingofbusiness,thefunctionsofanorganisationandthewiderbusinessenvironments inwhichorganisationsoperate.Studentswillexaminethedifferenttypesoforganisations(includingforprofitandnotforprofit),theirsizeandscope(forinstance,micro,SME,transnationalandglobal)andhowtheyoperate.

    Studentswillexploretherelationshipsthatorganisationshavewiththeirvariousstakeholdersandhowthewiderexternalenvironmentsinfluenceandshapebusinessdecision-making.

    Theknowledge,understandingandskillsetsgainedinthisunitwillhelpstudentstochoosetheirownpreferredareasofspecialisminfuturestudiesandintheirprofessionalcareer.

    LearningOutcomes

    Bytheendofthisunitastudentwillbeableto:

    1. Explainthedifferenttypes,sizeandscopeoforganisations.2. Demonstratetheinterrelationshipofthevariousfunctionswithinanorganisationandhowthey

    linktoorganisationalstructure.3. Usecontemporaryexamplestodemonstrateboththepositiveandnegativeinfluence/impact

    themacroenvironmenthasonbusinessoperations.4. Determinetheinternalstrengthsandweaknessesofspecificbusinessesandexplaintheir

    interrelationshipwithexternalmacrofactors.

    Links

    Thisunitlinkstothefollowingrelatedunits:

    Unit2:MarketingEssentials

    Unit12:OrganisationalBehaviour

    Unit18:GlobalBusinessEnvironment

    Unit25:PrinciplesofOperationsManagement

    Unit32:BusinessStrategy

    Unit34:BusinessSystems

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    Unit2:MarketingEssentialsUnitlevel 4

    Creditvalue 15

    Introduction

    Thisunit isdesignedto introducestudentstotheprinciplesofmarketing,enablingthemtodevelopabasicmarketingplanandtoemployelementsofthemarketingmixtoachieveresults.Whiletheywilllearn the underpinning theories and frameworks, theywill also be able to relate these to real-worldexamples,includingproducts/servicesthattheyencounterintheirowndailylives.

    OrganisationssuchasApple,Google,VISA,Burberry,Zara,Cadbury,Nestle,Unilever,Coca-Cola,Unicef,BPandsmalllocalbusinessesallhaveatleastonethingincommon:theyallusemarketingtoinfluenceus to engagewith their products and/or services.Whether it is becoming a loyal customer buying aproduct and service or donating to a charity, organisations use a range ofmarketing techniques andtoolstoinformandinfluenceus.

    Theknowledge,understandingandskillsetsthatstudentswillgainonsuccessfullycompletingthisunitwillenhancetheircareeropportunities;whethersettinguptheirownbusinessorbeingemployedbyanorganisation.

    LearningOutcomes

    Bytheendofthisunitastudentwillbeableto:

    1. Explaintheroleofmarketingandhowitinterrelateswithotherfunctionalunitsofanorganisation.

    2. Comparewaysinwhichorganisationsuseelementsofthemarketingmix(7Ps)toachieveoverallbusinessobjectives.

    3. Developandevaluateabasicmarketingplan.

    Links

    Thisunitlinkstothefollowingrelatedunits:

    Unit1:BusinessandtheBusinessEnvironment

    Unit22:ProductandServiceDevelopment

    Unit23:IntegratedMarketingCommunications

    Unit37:ConsumerBehaviourandInsight

    Unit40:InternationalMarketing

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    Unit3:HumanResourceManagementUnitlevel 4

    Creditvalue 15

    Introduction

    The aim of this unit is to enable students to appreciate and apply principles of effective HumanResourceManagement (HRM).Peopleare the lifebloodofanyorganisationandbeingable toattract,recruit and retain talented staff is at the coreofallHRMactivity. Thisunitwill explore the toolsandtechniquesused inHRMtomaximise theemployeecontributionandhowtouseHRmethods togaincompetitiveadvantage. Studentswill explore the importanceof traininganddevelopment inbuildingand extending the skills base of the organisation and ensuring it is relevant to the ever-changingbusiness environment. Students will also consider the growing importance of becoming a flexibleorganisationwithanequally flexible labour force, andbecome familiarwith techniquesof jobdesignandwithdifferentrewardsystems.

    The unit investigates the importance of good employee relations and the ways in which employersengagewiththeirstaffandpossiblywithtradeunions.Studentswillgainanunderstandingofthe lawgoverning HRM processes as well as the best practices which enable an employer to become anemployerofchoiceintheirlabourmarket.

    LearningOutcomes

    Bytheendofthisunitastudentwillbeableto:

    1. ExplainthepurposeandscopeofHumanResourceManagementintermsofresourcinganorganisationwithtalentandskillsappropriatetofulfilbusinessobjectives.

    2. EvaluatetheeffectivenessofthekeyelementsofHumanResourceManagementinanorganisation.

    3. AnalyseinternalandexternalfactorsthataffectHumanResourceManagementdecision-making,includingemploymentlegislation.

    4. ApplyHumanResourceManagementpracticesinawork-relatedcontext.

    Links

    Thisunitlinkstothefollowingrelatedunits:

    Unit7:BusinessLaw

    Unit12:OrganisationalBehaviour

    Unit19:ResourceandTalentPlanning

    Unit20:EmployeeRelations

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    Unit21:StrategicHumanResourceManagement

    Unit29:ManagingandRunningaSmallBusiness

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    Unit4:ManagementandOperationsUnitlevel 4

    Creditvalue 15

    Introduction

    Theaimofthisunit istohelpstudentsunderstandthedifferencebetweenthefunctionofamanagerandtheroleofaleader.Studentswillconsiderthecharacteristics,behavioursandtraitswhichsupporteffectivemanagementandleadership.Inaddition,thisunitwillintroducetheconceptofoperationsasbothafunctionandaprocesswhichallorganisationsmustadopttoconductbusiness.Studentswillbeintroducedtocontemporaryandhistorical theoriesandconceptswhichwill supporttheir learningforthisunit.

    On successful completion of this unit students will have developed sufficient knowledge andunderstandingofhowmanagementandoperationsmakeapositive,efficientandeffectivecontributiontoanorganisationata junior level. This couldbe in the roleofa team leaderormanaginga specificaspectofanoperationfunctionand/orprocess.

    Underpinningallaspectsofthecontentforthisunityouwillconsidertopicsundertwobroadheadings:managementandoperations.

    LearningOutcomes

    Bytheendofthisunitastudentwillbeableto:

    1. Differentiatebetweentheroleofaleaderandthefunctionofamanager.2. Applytheroleofaleaderandthefunctionofamanageringivencontexts.3. Demonstrateanappreciationoftheroleleadersandmanagersplayintheoperationsfunction

    ofanorganisation.4. Demonstrateanunderstandingoftherelationshipbetweenleadershipandmanagementina

    contemporarybusinessenvironment.

    Links

    Thisunitlinkstothefollowingrelatedunits:

    Unit12:OrganisationalBehaviour

    Unit17:UnderstandingandLeadingChange

    Unit25:PrinciplesofOperationsManagement

    Unit33:BusinessInformationTechnologySystems

    Unit34:BusinessSystems

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    Unit5:ManagementAccountingUnitlevel 4

    Creditvalue 15

    Introduction

    Theoverallaimofthisunitistointroducethefundamentalsofmanagementaccountingwhichapplytothe wider business environment and the organisations which operate within that environment.Studentswillexplorehowmanagementaccountingusesfinancialdatatoaidplanningdecisions,andthemonitoringandcontroloffinancewithinorganisations.

    Onsuccessfulcompletionofthisunitstudentswillbeinapositiontopresentfinancialstatementsinaworkplacecontextandbeabletoassistseniorcolleagueswithfinancialbusinessplanning.Inaddition,studentswillhavethefundamentalknowledgeandskillstoprogressontoahigherlevelofstudy.

    LearningOutcomes

    Bytheendofthisunitastudentwillbeableto:

    1. Demonstrateanunderstandingofmanagementaccountingsystems.2. Applyarangeofmanagementaccountingtechniques.3. Explaintheuseofplanningtoolsusedinmanagementaccounting.4. Comparewaysinwhichorganisationscouldusemanagementaccountingtorespondtofinancial

    problems.

    Links

    Thisunitlinkstothefollowingrelatedunits:

    Unit10:FinancialAccounting

    Unit13:FinancialReporting

    Unit14:AdvancedManagementAccounting

    Unit15:FinancialManagement

    Unit29:ManagingandRunningaSmallBusiness

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    Unit6:ManagingaSuccessfulBusinessProjectUnitlevel 4

    Creditvalue 15

    Introduction

    ThisunitisassessedbyaPearson-setassignment.Theprojectbriefwillbesetbythecentre,basedonathemeprovidedbyPearson(thiswillchangeannually).Thethemeandchosenprojectwithinthethemewill enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in thecontextofthebusinessenvironment.

    Theaimofthisunitistoofferstudentsanopportunitytodemonstratetheskillsrequiredformanagingand implementing aproject. Theywill undertake independent researchand investigation for carryingoutandexecutingabusinessprojectwhichmeetsappropriatebusinessaimsandobjectives.

    Onsuccessfulcompletionof thisunitstudentswillhavetheconfidencetoengage indecision-making,problem-solving and research activities using project management skills. They will have thefundamental knowledge and skills to enable them to investigate and examine relevant businessconceptswithin awork-related context, determine appropriate outcomes, decisions or solutions andpresentevidencetovariousstakeholdersinanacceptableandunderstandableformat.

    LearningOutcomes

    Bytheendofthisunitastudentwillbeableto:

    1. Establishprojectaims,objectivesandtimeframesbasedonthechosentheme.2. Conductsmall-scaleresearch,informationgatheringanddatacollectiontogenerateknowledge

    tosupporttheproject.3. Presenttheprojectandcommunicateappropriaterecommendationsbasedonmeaningful

    conclusionsdrawnfromtheevidencefindingsand/oranalysis.4. Reflectonthevaluegainedfromconductingtheprojectanditsusefulnesstosupport

    sustainableorganisationalperformance.

    Links

    Thisunitlinkstothefollowingrelatedunits:

    Unit8:InnovationandCommercialisation

    Unit11:ResearchProject

    Unit16:OperationsandProjectManagement

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    Unit9:EntrepreneurshipandSmallBusinessManagementUnitlevel 4

    Creditvalue 15

    Introduction

    Thisunitprovidesstudentswithanunderstandingofthedefinitionandscopeofentrepreneurshipandanunderstandingoftheenablersandbarrierstobusinessstart-up.

    Studentswill learnaboutthe influenceofnationalcultureandeconomyonentrepreneurshipandwillexplore the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs and the impact of personal situational factors,including education andbackground. Studentswill also learn about the role and importanceof smallfirms to the economy, and about social enterprise and the social economy. Students will also beexpected to understand the balance of risk and reward in starting a new venture and they willinvestigate and reflect on their own entrepreneurial and enterprising characteristics. Examples ofentrepreneurs and start-uporganisationswill bediscussedand studentswill beexpected todrawonlocal, personal and general knowledge together with their learning to be able to identify thecharacteristicsofentrepreneurialventures.

    LearningOutcomes

    Bytheendofthisunitastudentwillbeableto:

    1. Exploreandillustratetherangeofventuretypesthatmightbeconsideredentrepreneurial.2. Assesstheimpactofsmallbusinessesontheeconomy.3. Determineandassessthekeyaspectsofanentrepreneurialmindset.4. Examinethedifferentenvironmentsthatfosterorhinderentrepreneurship.

    Links

    Thisunitlinkstothefollowingrelatedunits:

    Unit1:BusinessandtheBusinessEnvironment

    Unit27:IdentifyingEntrepreneurialOpportunities

    Unit28:LaunchingaNewVenture

    Unit29:ManagingandRunningaSmallBusiness

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    Unit10:FinancialAccountingUnitcode A/508/0496

    Unitlevel 4

    Creditvalue 15

    Introduction

    Balancing the books is at the heart of all business management. The overall aim of this unit is tointroducestudentstoessentialfinancialaccountingprinciplesandtechniqueswhichwillenablethemtorecordandpreparebasic finalaccounts. Studentswill learnhow toprepareaccounts for sole tradersandpartnershipsaswellaslimitedcompanies.

    Onsuccessfulcompletionof thisunit studentswillbeable tocontributeeffectively to theaccountingfunctionof anorganisation,or tounderstandhow to recordandpreparebasic financial accounts fortheir ownbusiness. Theywill have the knowledge and skills required toprogress to a higher level ofstudy.

    LearningOutcomes

    Bytheendofthisunitastudentwillbeableto:

    1. Recordbusinesstransactionsusingdoubleentrybook-keeping,andbeabletoextractatrialbalance.

    2. Preparefinalaccountsforsole-traders,partnershipsorlimitedcompaniesinaccordancewithappropriateprinciples,conventionsandstandards.

    3. Performbankreconciliationstoensurecompanyandbankrecordsarecorrect.4. Reconcilecontrolaccountsandshiftrecordedtransactionsfromthesuspenseaccountstothe

    rightaccounts.

    Links

    Thisunitlinkstothefollowingrelatedunits:

    Unit5:ManagementAccounting

    Unit13:FinancialReporting

    Unit14:AdvancedManagementAccounting

    Unit15:FinancialManagement

    Unit:ManagingandRunningaSmallBusiness

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