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In Short

This is a nationally recognised qualification providing studies in business that will develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for a career development in business specific employment. You will complete projects, assignments, exams and controlled assessments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will benefit from being taught by a well-qualified team of lecturers with substantial teaching and practical experience. To ensure that you gain the most from your course, guest speakers from the field of business and visits to local business sites are included in the programme. This is a practical course that will give you the skills for the world of work and help you to add value to business activities in any organisation.



Entry Requirements

A successful interview plus one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English and maths or equivalent
  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Business with merit or distinction profile plus Level 2 English and maths.


Course Content

You will study an exciting range of topics giving you a great insight into a varied range of Business areas as well as having the opportunity to undertake work experience and arrange local events. In the first year you will study for a foundation diploma studying: Exploring Business, Developing a Marketing Campaign, Personal and Business Finance, Managing an Event, Recruitment and Selection in Business and English Legal System..

For the second year you will top up to an Extended Diploma studying further units such as International Business, Principles of Management, Business Decision Making, Team Building and Work Experience.


How will I be assessed?

The course emphasises practical application of learning, which involves assessments by projects, case studies, presentations, exams and controlled assessments. You will also visit local and national businesses and organisations. Your studies will be monitored through the academic tutorial system, ensuring that you know exactly how you are progressing.



Many students will progress to various degree or Higher National Diploma courses at university. The course offers a thorough grounding in real world business skills allowing you to confidently enter employment. You may apply for junior managerial/trainee roles both in specific areas such as human resources, finance and marketing, but also into business generally. You may also progress on to our HNC/D in Business & Management. Additionally, having completed the course you should be capable of starting up your own business.



The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. Specific course books will be advised nearer the time of study.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email

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