Business

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Entry 3 or Level 1 Award in Business
  • English and/or maths at an appropriate level

Summary of course

This is an exciting new programme offered in partnership with local employers with real work opportunities. Studies will take place both in the workplace and at College.

The Business, IT and Media pathway is offered in partnership with the Elysium I.T. company.

You will cover a range of subjects in Business including customer service. You will also have the opportunity to develop your employability skills

Traineeships and apprenticeships are available in some areas.

Everyone does Mathematics and English at a level that is right for them - from Entry Level 2 Functional Skills up to GCSE.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Working in Business and Administration
  • Welcome Visitors
  • Recording Business Transactions
  • Supporting Business Meetings
  • Preparing for Work Experience
  • Planning an Enterprise Project

Specialist Units:

  • Supporting Business Meetings
  • Jobs in Business and Administration
  • Using the Internet
  • Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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?

There are varying methods of assessment within the programme, e.g.

  • observations
  • role play
  • professional discussions
  • written tasks and presentations
  • workbooks and written assessments
  • computer based activities.

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 have an interest in business and do not have four grade 2s (E) and wish to gain a qualification in business.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Opportunities include:

  • Level 1 study
  • Level 2 study
  • Level 3 study
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • 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 Foundation entry requirements

*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 1 (F/G).

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

Interview Requirements

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

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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