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.
The course is aimed at those with GCSE grades below 3/D.
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:
Employability and character education
Students will also be able to study Maths and English.
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:
You may need to pay additonal costs towards any enrichment trips/visits to businesses.
Derby College Group can assist with careers advice and progression opportunities to other Business-related study programmes at Level 2.
Another option could be a Business, Customer Service, Sales or Administrative apprenticeship. Derby College Group can help you find the right opportunity.
When teenager Rufaro Hwindingwi left school after her GCSEs, she was unsure which career was right for her. The teenager went to a Derby College enrolment day with an idea that business might be a good path to follow. Now she is studying Level 2 business and has a part-time job with award-winning Derby estate agents Hannells. She also has her sights set on Business at Level 3, before going on to university to a take a Business Management Degree and then a Masters.
But Rufaro, 17, explained that initially she planned to follow her mother into health and social care...but the subject was not her main passion. She liked the style and content of Derby College's module based Level 2 business course saying she prefers coursework to exam-based learning.
Rufaro said she has studied eight units, with areas including the techniques and purpose of branding and the value of brand recognition, as well as how to be professional online, on the phone and face-to-face. She has also learnt about managing cashflow, cashflow forecasts and how to analyse break even graphs and charts. As part of her studies, Rufaro had two weeks' work experience with Hannells Estate Agents through its Academy link with Derby College.
Hannells area sales manager Victoria Downing said: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. Rufaro really was outstanding. We were able to have a conversation about her working part-time with us, because we had an unfilled vacancy, and it's great to have her with us."
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.
I'm going to continue with Hannells and then go onto Level 3 in business at Derby College. That's my next step. Then I'm thinking of a Business Management degree at Birmingham City University or the University of Birmingham. I think Business Management may be a base for another course, maybe a Masters.