This is an ideal course for students wanting to follow a career in business, administration or marketing. Students learn practical skills such as working in a team and researching within a business environment, and learn to communicate effectively with others.


Meet our students Josie Badman

Josie Badman

“I enjoy the social aspects of my apprenticeship for example holding meetings and helping the agents on cases. The units have been relevant to my job role which helps me to ensure that I have knowledge to bring to my workplace.”

Meet our students Natasha Mathias

Natasha Mathias

“I love the freedom I’ve been given in my office environment to work and develop. When I first started, I was given my own set of suppliers to manage and deal with. Since then, I’ve been able to confidently contact them and sort out payments, queries etc. I also enjoy how everything I learn in college reflects my role in the office, helping me to further develop my skills.”

Natasha Mathias, Accounting Apprentice

  • Description

    This course could open doors to a wide variety of educational and work choices including sales and marketing, human resources management, financial services and retail.

    Administration skills are crucial to the effectiveness and efficiency of any organisation. This is an ideal course for students wishing to train or retrain in order to enhance their job opportunities, by developing skills that will equip them for today's modern office and retail environment.

    Students will study a number of business related subjects including:

    • Enterprise in the Business Word
    • Finance for Business
    • Promoting a Brand
    • Recruitment Selection and Employment
    • Principles of Marketing
    • Small Business Planning
    • Introducing Project Management.

    Students also complete a skills project which builds confidence and employability skills. It covers subjects such as equality and safeguarding, which are designed to broaden knowledge of these subjects and help with employment potential.

  • Entry Requirements

    Five GCSE passes at grade 3 or above, preferably to include Maths and English, or a vocational qualification at pass or above, preferably to include Maths and English at Entry Level 1.

    Students who have not yet achieved grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English, will study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.

    Learners will need to be organised and willing to take part in a range of practical activities

  • Qualification

    Successful Learners will gain the L2 Certificate in Business

  • Progression

    Level 3 Business, an apprenticeship or employment.

  • Assessment

    Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set will have an agreed hand-in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.

  • Home Study

    Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. Students will need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence with the world of business and retail. It is expected that students will spend approximately 6 hours a week on your course work outside of your normal class time.

  • Work Placement

    During the course students will be expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in the industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    At times students will be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these may require students to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended.

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.