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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The purpose of this dynamic qualification is to develop the business, transferable and employability skills as well as the attributes and behaviours you need to progress to further study and ultimately to employment. The qualification is designed to be delivered in an exciting and stimulating way, bringing together appropriate content with practical and technical skills.

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at those with GCSE grades below 3/D.

Course Content

Students will explore a range of business and employability related subjects/topics that will provide a gateway to business and employment.  The subjects/topics include:

Industry skills

Term 1 

  • Roles and responsibilities in business
  • Preparing for interviews (recruitment and selection)
  • How to market a product
  • Social media
  • Personal and business finance
  • Communication skills for work
  • Developing a personal progression plan

Term 2

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills
  • Problem solving/enterprise idea

Term 3 

  • Enterprise project 

Digital Skills

  • Communicating and transacting online
  • Being safe online
  • Project management tools

Employability and character education

  • Progression Coach sessions
  • Enrichment sessions
  • Work experience

 

Students will also be able to study Maths and English.

 

How will I be assessed?

All work is internally assessed – giving you the opportunity to demonstrate skills developed in applied scenarios. There is a range of assessment styles suited to skills-based and sector-based qualifications at this level. 

Assessments may include:

  • carrying out practical tasks 
  • presenting information that has been gathered
  • keeping logbooks, records and reflective journals 
  • practising English and mathematical skills 
  • taking part in oral or written presentations 
  • taking part in role play, interviews and other activities

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You may need to pay additonal costs towards any enrichment trips/visits to businesses.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Derby College Group can assist with careers advice and progression opportunities to other Business-related study programmes at Level 2.

Careers

Another option could be a Business, Customer Service, Sales or Administrative apprenticeship. Derby College Group can help you find the right opportunity.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Carys Hughes

Carys Hughes

Business Admin Apprentice Carys integral part of BB&J team

Business Administration apprentice Carys Hughes has joined Derby-based commercial property specialists BB&J Commercial and is already an integral part of the team.
 
Carys, aged 16, joined the Derby-based commercial property consultants in August and is on a level 3 apprenticeship delivered in partnership with Derby College Group.
 
She is one of several apprentices to be offered a placement at BB&J, with workplace assessment provided via the College, in recent years.
 
Carys knew from a young age that she wanted to work in business – and that she preferred to find an apprenticeship than stay on at school. 
 
With experience gained while volunteering at a dog rescue centre and as head librarian at school, she is enjoying building on her strong administrative, organisational and communication skills.
 
Carys said: “I’m the sort of person who works best when I’m doing something, so I knew an apprenticeship would be a much better option for me.
 
I like everything about working at BB&J, but the best part is the people. I’m motivated and love to support my colleagues in any way I can – I like a challenge and I’m a quick learner. It’s good to be learning new things too. I’ve just started to learn audio typing and I’m finding it very interesting.”
 
To meet demand for its property services, BB&J has continued to expand despite the impact of the pandemic.
 
In the past year, the company has made six additions to the team, creating  new roles across the agency, marketing and business administration sides of its business. The firm also recently relocated to newly refurbished offices on The Wyvern and rebranded.
 
Amey Hellen, BB&J Commercial’s Digital Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator, said she and the team were very pleased with Carys’s progress.
 
Amey said: “The commercial property market is very busy so Carys has joined us just at the right time. She’s been so helpful and has moulded easily into the team.”

“I’m the sort of person who works best when I’m doing something, so I knew an apprenticeship would be a much better option for me.


I like everything about working at BB&J, but the best part is the people. I’m motivated and love to support my colleagues in any way I can – I like a challenge and I’m a quick learner. It’s good to be learning new things too. I’ve just started to learn audio typing and I’m finding it very interesting.”

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