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.
George Wright, 17, impressed MCF Loans’ Chief Executive Officer Melanie Elliot to such a degree that she suggested he should research the company in more depth and get in touch.Pride Park-based MCF is a Derby College business employment and skills academy board member, and George took part in the job skills interview exercise as part of his Business Studies First Diploma BTEC Level 2. George volunteered with MCF for a week. He liked what he saw and the company saw his potential which led to an interview for real.He is now working towards a Business Administration NVQ Level 2 with Derby College, while working as an apprentice with MCF.
If I’ve got any questions on my course I can email my lecturer Nicola Dean and she comes back to me within the hour with help and advice. Hopefully I’m progressing well at work, I’m enjoying it.