Intermediate GNVQ Business Compulsory and Optional Units
mapped to NLN Learning Materials
Investigating How Businesses Work – Unit 1
The communication Introduces students to the basics of communication.
Written communication Looks at the different ways that businesses can use written
Face-to-face Illustrates how important verbal communication can be in the
communication world of business.
What ICT can do for Looks at the use of ICT for various aspects of business.
Communication Discusses the issues of email and the Internet and their roles in
technology business today.
Managing information Shows students how businesses are using IT to manage
How Businesses Develop – Unit 2
Location of business Introduces students to the issues that businesses have to
consider when locating their operation in a particular area.
Ownership Looks at the issues of business ownership such as sole traders
and public limited companies and identifies the advantages and
disadvantages of each.
Identifying stakeholders Explains the most common stakeholders in a business and why
they are important.
Industrial sectors Explains the main economic sectors and highlights the
importance of each.
Markets Looks at the relationship between supply and demand and
identifies other factors that may affect the business.
Competition Looks at the relationship between competition and profit.
Inflation and Considers the causes and effects of unemployment and inflation.
Environmental issues Looks at some of the issues faced by businesses today and how
and pressure groups pressure groups can effect a business operation.
Business Finance – Unit 3
Costs and revenues Provides an introduction to, and an understanding of, the
difference between costs and revenues and how they affect a
Profit and loss Covers the concepts of profit and loss and how they are
represented in business documents.
Payment methods Provides students with an understanding of the different methods
of payment that customers and businesses use.
Consumer Protection – Unit 6 (optional)
Customer Service – Unit 9 (optional)
Customer needs Helps students understand that businesses need to
accommodate customers who can have very different
Improving customer Gives an overview of how customer service provision has
service changed and its importance to business and the consumer.
Consumer protection Looks at consumer protection laws and the impact that these
laws can have on both customers and businesses.
Customers and the Looks at how businesses build up consumer and community
community relations through specific activities.
Individuals and the Organisation – Unit 4 (optional)
Motivation Identifies motivational theories to enable students to understand
the importance of motivation in the workplace.
Training and promotion Identifies the types of employee training that is available and its
Employers and Considers the types of disputes that might occur between
employees employers and employees and how they can be resolved legally.
Online Business Resources
This is an excellent source of information on current business topics that can be incorporated
into teaching programmes and learning materials. Suitable for Level 2 students.
Behind the Headlines
This is a current awareness service called Behind the Headlines, which covers the latest
news stories and identifies information resources to support class teaching on the hottest
topics including many business stories. Suitable for all levels of the curriculum.
Biz/ed is an information service for students, teachers and lecturers of a number of curriculum
subjects including business, economics and accounting. This web site provides access to
quality Internet resources and learning materials. This site offers resources for all levels of the
FERL (Further Education Resources for Learning)
Always an excellent starting point for locating key information sources as well as finding ideas
and support for using Information Learning Technology in teaching and learning. This
resource is essential viewing for all FE lecturers teaching at all levels of the curriculum.
This is an excellent source of ready-made lesson plans for a variety of Business Studies
topics including Marketing, E-finance and Profitability. Other Business Studies learning
materials can be found under the general http://www.learn.co.uk web site. Materials are
written for Level 3 students but there are also some business studies resources that would be
suitable for students studying at levels 1 and 2.
Superb web site for marketing tutors! Comprehensive coverage of a number of marketing
topics, ready-made PowerPoint presentations covering key marketing concepts, lessons,
exercises and quizzes. Learning resources on this site are generally aimed at Level 2
students but the information could be easily adapted to suit lower or higher levels of ability.
The other excellent thing about this web site is that it is all for free!
Resource Discovery Network
The RDN gathers resources that are carefully selected, indexed and described by specialists
and this includes resources for Business and Management studies. In addition the RDN also
offers the Virtual Training Suite of Internet tutorials and Behind the Headlines. The catalogued
resources are generally suitable for Level 2 students.
The Times 100
The Times 100 is a free resource for students, teachers and lecturers of business studies. It
provides essential business studies theory and then brings it to life with comprehensive case
studies on "real-life" companies. These resources are ideally suited to Level 2 students and
those students studying higher level courses.
Virtual Training Suite