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A serious book for serious students
on 30 June 2010
BTEC Level 3 National Business Student Book: Bk. 1 (Level 3 BTEC National Business) (Paperback) is suitable for:
BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Business
BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma in Business
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business
Firstly, this is not a lightweight-last-minute-revision-dumbed-down-bite-size revision guide, (thank goodness!); it is a course text book that is meant to be read alongside your lectures and tutorials.
It has good, clear text that has been broken down into useful 'zones' on the page with full-colour photographs and illustrations.
There are lots of up-to-date case studies with useful links to further information on-line; this is very important in a vocational text book. The theoretical content is concisely presented and is woven into the case studies so that it does not feel too 'heavy' as with books that were not specifically designed for Nationals.
My main criticism is not the book itself, but its front and back covers. I do not think that they will be robust enough to withstand two years of being pulled out of and jammed into a student's back pack (but this could be overcome by covering the book with sticky film).
Price wise it compares well with similar text books and if you are going to invest two years of your life in further education, it makes sense to give yourself the best chance of success.
As someone who has a National and a Higher National Diploma and has taught on vocational business courses, I would recommend buying this book early and having a read through during the summer break.