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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course gives you a good grounding in many aspects of business and develops skills which will take you far in any industry. You will undertake work experience, gain insights from guest speakers and have the opportunity to take part in various trips.

Entry requirements

You require a grade C in English and a grade D in Maths GCSE, with two other GCSEs at grade D or above. You will undertake an interview with the Business team and will be required to achieve a minimum of Entry 2 on your screening results in maths and English.

Course Content

You will study a selection of units such as:
  •  Enterprise in the Business World
  •  Finance for Business (externally assessed)
  •  Promoting a Brand
  •  Sales and Personal Selling
  •  Introducing Retail Business
  •  Providing Business Support
  •  Recruitment, Selection and Employment
  •  Principles of Marketing (externally assessed)
  •  Introducing Law and Consumer Rights
  •  Business Online
  •  Public Sector Business
  •  Visual Merchandising in Retail Business
  •  Small Business Planning
  •  Introducing Project Management
  •  Delivering and Improving Customer Service
  •  Effective Business Communication
  •  Working in Business Teams
  •  Planning, Forecasting and Recording Business Finances
  •  Work Experience in Business
  •  Introducing International Business
  •  Introducing the Economic Environment
  •  Functional Maths and English and/or GCSE

How will I be assessed?

This Business BTEC involves a combination of coursework and exams – with assessment methods including presentations, posters, observations and various research projects. Your Functional Skills Maths and English qualification is assessed by a portfolio and online assessment and/or GCSE exams. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You may be required to make a contribution to the enrichment activities undertaken in support of the course delivery.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You can progress to the Level 3 BTEC Business, which will give you further in-depth knowledge of the world of business. You could also consider a Business and Administration, Customer Service or Team Leading Apprenticeship: Derby College can help you find the right opportunity.

Careers
This course represents your first step towards an interesting and rewarding career in business.

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Rufaro Hwindingwi

Rufaro Hwindingwi

Rufaro’s enrolment day leads to a job and future in business

When teenager Rufaro Hwindingwi left school after her GCSEs, she was unsure which career was right for her.

The teenager went to a Derby College enrolment day with an idea that business might be a good path to follow. Now she is studying Level 2 business and has a part-time job with award-winning Derby estate agents Hannells.

She also has her sights set on Business at Level 3, before going on to university to a take a Business Management Degree and then a Masters.

But Rufaro, 17, explained that initially she planned to follow her mother into health and social care...but the subject was not her main passion.

She liked the style and content of Derby College's module based Level 2 business course saying she prefers coursework to exam-based learning.

Rufaro said she has studied eight units, with areas including the techniques and purpose of branding and the value of brand recognition, as well as how to be professional online, on the phone and face-to-face.

She has also learnt about managing cashflow, cashflow forecasts and how to analyse break even graphs and charts.

As part of her studies, Rufaro had two weeks' work experience with Hannells Estate Agents through its Academy link with Derby College.

Hannells area sales manager Victoria Downing said: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. Rufaro really was outstanding. We were able to have a conversation about her working part-time with us, because we had an unfilled vacancy, and it's great to have her with us."

Derby College's Employer Academy programme aims to boost students' employability skills and job prospects as well as giving employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum.

It also reduces employers' costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their College course.

I'm going to continue with Hannells and then go onto Level 3 in business at Derby College. That's my next step. Then I'm thinking of a Business Management degree at Birmingham City University or the University of Birmingham. I think Business Management may be a base for another course, maybe a Masters.

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