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.
AAT level 3 student Anila Bara says she would recommend Derby College 100% – and not just for its accounting courses. Anila has been studying with the College since 2013, which is when she came to the UK from Albania.
She said: “I didn’t speak English when I first moved to Derby so I enrolled at St James Centre, Derby College and did my level 2 English. I then went to Joseph Wright Centre to take maths GCSE. Once I had maths and English, I enrolled on the AAT level 2 course at the Roundhouse and I’m now completing level 3, so I’ve been learning at Derby College for seven years!”
Despite having to study for her latest accounting exams during lockdown, Anila, who is 43, still manged to achieve a 100% pass mark in her management account costing exam.
She added: “My tutors are great – always so helpful. We’ve been learning online because of the pandemic and I’ve also been teaching my youngest daughter at home. She likes numbers too. I have three daughters – aged four, 16 and 20 and they’re all good at maths. I’d like to take the level 4 AAT course but I worry as a lot of it – about 40%, I think – is written and I’m still not that confident with my English. I liked every part of my level 3 course but I’ve really enjoyed learning about VAT. It would be good to work as an accounts assistant one day.”
Anila, who started a university course in Albania to be a primary school teacher, said she’s glad to be at the Roundhouse training for a new career in accounting.
She said: “I’ve always loved maths and working with numbers. I’ve been passionate about them from a young age and have always loved going to school. You might say I used to be a geek girl!
“I think Derby College is very good – and not just for accounting courses but for everything.
“All my tutors have been serious about learning and helping their students. I always tell people wanting help with English and maths to go to Derby College. I’d recommend it 100%!”
All my tutors have been serious about learning and helping their students. I always tell people wanting help with English and maths to go to Derby College. I’d recommend it 100%!