Business

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Business
  • English and/or maths at an appropriate level

Summary of course

There is a mixture of practical and theoretical work.

Students will also be required to undertake additional qulaifications to improve their English and Mathematics if they have not already achieved GCSE passes at Grade 4 (C) in these subjects.

The method of learning is by tutor led sessions supported by portfolio workshop sessions, where students are supported through assignment work and related tasks.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Business Purposes
  • Business Organisations
  • Financial Forecasting for Business
  • People in Organisations
  • The Marketing Plan

Specialist Units:

  • Verbal and Non-verbal Communication in Business Contexts
  • Customer Relations in Business
  • Business Communication through Documentation
  • Personal Selling in Business
  • Training and Employment in Business
  • Business Online
  • Business Ethics

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Units are internally and externally assessed through coursework and moderated. The coursework is graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Assignments will be presented in a variety of formats including presentation, role plays, written work and some time constrained class work.

In order to obtain a Pass for the whole course a minimum Pass Grade in all ten of the units taken is necessary.

The qualification will have an overall grade awarded of Pass, Merit and Distinction. The overall grade will be calculated on the total points achieved from assessed units.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in developing skills in understanding how businesses work and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in business.

Progression and Career Opportunities

If students achieve a Pass Grade at the end of this couse they could apply for a Level 2 Diploma in another subject area.

If an overall Merit Grade is achieved at Level 2 plus GCSE English Language at Grade 4 (C) students could apply for Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business or another subject within the college.

Alternatively, you could begin part or full-time employment.

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must arrive at your appointment 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place and bring your letter with you.

Please bring your Record of Achievement, if you have one, and think about questions you have about the course and anything else that relates to College.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Students will be required to purchase all of their own materials (text book, paper, pens etc). Course text books cost approximately £20. All students will need to pay a trip fee of approximately £25 at enrolment in September.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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