The Foundation Diploma is designed as a one-year full-time course covering the fundamentals of enterprise and entrepreneurship. It supports either progression to an apprenticeship in the enterprise and entrepreneurship sector or to a further year of study at Level 3.
You will need to have at least five GCSEs, of which both English and Maths must be at a minimum of grade C (or 4). Alternatively, a BTEC First Diploma at Merit or Distinction will be accepted but this must be accompanied by grade C/4 or above in both English and Maths. You will be required to undertake a full screening at the College to help us identify which level of study is most appropriate for you.
You will study the following mandatory units:
You will also choose two of the following three optional units:
You will be assessed using a range of methods such as written assignments, practical tasks and examinations.
You may be required to make a contribution to the enrichment activities undertaken in support of the course delivery, including exciting trips to businesses.
The second year of the BTEC National Extended Diploma programme is the natural progression route, after which you could then progress to a Higher Education Business programme at Derby College. You could also consider going to university to gain a degree in Marketing, Law, Accountancy or Business, to name but a few subjects. Derby College can help you find the right opportunity.
Derby College student Sukhveer Singh Dhadwal is planning to study for a business degree abroad after successfully completing his Level 3 Advanced Extended Diploma in Business. Sukhveer, who is 19 and from Littleover, would very much like to take his degree at a university in the USA or Canada – and believes that going to Derby College, has given him the impetus to pursue his career goals.Sukhveer's main ambition is to be his own boss, which is why, after gaining A levels in psychology, chemistry, biology and geology at sixth form college, he went on to study business. Sukhveer, who got the idea of studying overseas after visiting Miami University last year, is considering applying to universities in California and possibly the University of Alberta in Canada. He is unsure exactly which subject he would like to take, but is keen to gain a degree relevant to business such as accountancy or economics. Ultimately he would like to start his own business in the States or Canada in a tech-related field such as gadgets.
He said: "Going to Derby College has helped inspire me. Unlike sixth form college you're encouraged to take more responsibility for yourself.
"Studying in the USA or Canada will be a great adventure and going to Derby College has taught me to be so much more independent." I've talked through my university plans with my tutors and they've helped me find links to overseas courses etc."