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This course can help you take your first steps towards a career in the business world. You’ll learn essential skills such as business enterprise, project management, selling and promoting a brand, and financial awareness from planning to making a profit.

You will have the opportunity through applied learning to develop core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in retail, customer service and enterprise. The course consists of several mandatory units with some externally assessed and others assessed through written assignments, presentations, observations and employer engagement.

This course is divided into two core and mandatory units. Core units provide a broad understanding and knowledge of the vocational subject. Mandatory units ensure a thorough grounding in the sector to support progression to further education or employment. It is assessed through exams and course work and covers 8 units of business.

The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a one year study programme alongside GCSE resits. This course is equivalent to two GCSE grades. The course equips learners with the essential skills and knowledge to progress onto an Apprenticeship, retail-related employment or progress onto a Level 3 Study Programme.

You can also take part in enrichment activities within your Study Programme. Previous study visits include trips to Disneyland Paris and Cadburys. You will also be visited by motivational speakers and local businesses with the opportunity to take part in external team building exercises.

When I first started this course, I wasn’t sure what to expect completely. I thought it was just about how to set up a business, but it’s so much more than that; like how to maintain a business, how to stay financially stable and widening your knowledge and understanding about the whole concept of business studies. This course has helped me with my confidence levels through assignments and presentations. The teachers are very informative and helpful and very encouraging to students to reach their full potential.

Becks Jagelman, Level 2 Vocational Business student

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 3 or above plus a range of GCSEs at 3/4 grades.

  •  Enterprise in the Business Word – Assignment based
  • Finance for Business – Online exam
  • Principles of Customer Service – Assignment based
  • Introducing Retail Business – Assignment based
  • Providing Business Support – Assignment based
  • Recruitment, Selection and Employment – Assignment based
  • Principles of Marketing – Paper based exam
  • Building Successful Business Teams – Assignment based

What skills will this course give me?

It provides you with the opportunity to develop a range of employability skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

What can I progress onto from this course?

Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels or Vocational courses, Apprenticeships or training courses.