You will gain a broad understanding of different areas of business on this course. It represents your first step towards a nationally recognised qualification at an advanced level, accelerating your career progress and opening doors to higher education opportunities.
You will need to have at least five GCSEs, of which both English and Maths must be at a minimum of grade 4 (C) or above. Alternatively, a BTEC First Diploma/Extended First Diploma at Merit or Distinction grade will be accepted but this must be accompanied by grade 4/C or above in both GCSE English and Maths. You may 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 six units in Year 1 and a further seven units if you progress to Year 2.
A range of units is covered that may include:
This Business BTEC is assessed through assignments, tasks and written exams. The assessment methods for assignments include presentations, posters, video blogs/presentations, observations and various research projects.
Students are strongly advised to purchase a copy of the text book and exam revision books.
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 this programme is the BTEC National Extended Diploma and that is the natural progression route, after which you could then advance to a Higher Education Business programme with Derby College Group by studying the Foundation Degree in Business and Management.
You could also consider going to university to gain a degree in Human Resource Management, Marketing, Law, Accountancy/Finance or Business Studies/Business Management, to name but a few subjects. Another option could be a Business, Customer Service or Team Leading apprenticeship. Derby College Group can help you find the right opportunity.
Student Georgia Herbert admits that she ‘fell’ into studying business at Derby College but is pleased at how well everything turned out.
She is now on the Foundation Degree study programme in Business and Management at the Roundhouse, but that wasn’t her original plan.
After a false start at sixth form, Georgia, now 19, had intended to take three A levels at the Joseph Wright Centre then train to be physiotherapist, with Business her third choice A level after Biology and Sport.
But, after leaving it too late to enrol, she missed out on a place and was panicking about what to do next. Fortunately, a manager at the contact centre where she works suggested she enquire about Derby College’s level 3 Business BTEC, which she did.
Georgia said: “Doing the level 3 first rather than the three A Levels required to get on to the foundation degree, has been so helpful. I wouldn’t say I know everything, but a lot of what we’re learning now we’ve already touched on in the BTEC.
We’re currently learning about the self and professional development, looking at the skills you already have and how to develop them to adapt to working in industry. It’s fascinating. I’ve learned such a lot about myself.”
Because Georgia’s lectures are back-to-back – not spread out over the week as they tend to be at university – she’s been able to continue in her contact centre job. She would like to top up to a full degree and is interested in working in employee development, possibly in HR, project management or as a team leader.
Doing the level 3 first rather than the three A Levels required to get on to the foundation degree, has been so helpful. I wouldn’t say I know everything, but a lot of what we’re learning now we’ve already touched on in the BTEC.
We’re currently learning about the self and professional development, looking at the skills you already have and how to develop them to adapt to working in industry. It’s fascinating. I’ve learned such a lot about myself.