This qualification is aimed at learners working within a business and administration role who wish to improve their knowledge and skills for a variety of work environments and sectors.
You need a good understanding of both written and spoken English - at a minimum of Level 1.
In order to gain the qualification, learners must achieve a minimum of 45 credits from the following:
• all units within Mandatory Group A totalling 21 credits
• a minimum of 14 credits from Optional Group B
• a maximum of 10 credits from Optional Group C
• a maximum of 6 credits from Optional Group D
A variety of assessment methods is used, including workplace visits, face-to-face and remote assessment.
This qualification is assessed through a portfolio of evidence which is put together during the course and demonstrates that the learner has met the required assessment criteria.
You need access to a laptop and the Internet because an elearning platform is used.
Learners successfully completing this qualification may wish to progress to further qualifications, such as the:
Teenager Aaron Curd left school knowing that he wanted a career in business, possibly in property, where there was an opportunity to earn good money. But he did not know the best way to go about it until he contacted Derby College and lined up his two year BTEC Level 3 in Business.
Aaron, 19, from Darley Abbey, said the course, which he completed with a distinction and double distinction star, "narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job." As part of Derby College's Employer Academy he did work experience at Hannells Estate Agents.
That directly led him to get a foot on the property career ladder. When a position came up, Aaron was taken on and he is now a sales negotiator and a valued member of the team. Victoria Downing, area manager with Hannells Estate Agents, said the business identifies potential future employees via its Academy link with the College.
She added: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. We offer support and work experience during their course and we also help them with work/life skills."
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.
The course opened up lots of different routes I could have taken, and lots of different topics, like human resources, marketing, law and setting up your own business. I did work experience at Hannells and they offered me a job at the end of August. My studies help with my work, particularly in marketing and customer services. I'm enjoying every day – it's a career. The course narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job.