The programme aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the operations and structures of business and equips students with the skills required to succeed in employment or at university.


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

    Students study a range of business-related topics including HR, marketing, finance and logistics, and learn about business through participating in special events - an exciting opportunity to demonstrate entrepreneurial skills and gain valuable work skills.

    Students will be expected to take part in College activities, work experience and complete a skills project to build confidence and employability skills. It will cover subjects such as equality and safeguarding, which are designed to broaden knowledge of these subjects and help with employment potential.

    This two year programme covers 13 units with a mix of controlled assessment units and assignment based learning. Students need to pass all units in orderto achieve the Extended Diploma, which is the equivalent of 3 A levels. Units are graded at pass, merit or distinction. Students learn through a number of interactive activities where work based projects and simulations help to build the necessary experiences to ensure positive progression in to Higher Education, advanced apprenticeships or employment.

  • Entry Requirements

    Five GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade (including GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English).

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

    Mature students and those with previous experience will be considered on an individual basis. Students who do not meet the entry requirements are encouraged to speak to our Information, Advice and Guidance team about alternative provision at Level 2.

    An interest in business practices and a desire to work towards a career in a business related context. Learners should have good research skills, regularly watch the news especially relating to business news,

  • Qualification

    BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Business
    BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business

  • Progression

    Successful students can progress to higher education courses, part-time professional courses, apprenticeships or into 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 need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence in the world of business and retail. It is expected that students will spend approximately six hours a week on course work outside of 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 gain the skills required to work in the sector. Industrial placement opportunities of 45 days or more are also available for students to take advantage of to enhance their experience further

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    From time to time there will be trips and the student will be expected to pay for additional transport and any other costs.

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Fee information

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.