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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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Fadoua Idrissi

Fadoua Idrissi

Single mum Fadoua pursues goal of becoming chartered accountant

Derby College Group accounting student Fadoua Idrissi already has a degree from her native Morocco but enrolled on the AAT course to gain UK recognised accounting qualifications.    
 
Fadoua, who came to Britain in 2016, worked in accountancy and banking in Morocco and is now pursuing her ambition to become a charted accountant.    
 
Juggling college work with looking after her three-year-old boy, she has completed the AAT levels 2 and 3 at the Roundhouse and will be progressing to level 4 next year.    
 
She said: “Once I’ve done that I could go and work as an accounts assistant but that’s not my goal. I want to train as a chartered accountant. I like the idea of working  in a firm of accountants so I can work with a number of businesses, not just one. I like the budgeting and costing side of accounting best, as without knowing what the budget is, a business can’t make decisions.”    
 
Fadoua, who described what she’s learned at DCG as “not new but different”, studied for her Moroccan accounting qualifications in French, the country’s unofficial second language.    
 
As a single mum, it’s a balancing act to fit in her studies with childcare.    
 
She added: “I have to do my college work between 8pm and 4am while my son is asleep. It’s hard work sometimes but my tutor understands and makes sure I have everything I need to get on with my work.”    
 
Fadoua has found everyone at DCG friendly and supportive and much prefers living in Derby to being in a big city.    
 
And, when it comes to numbers, it seems her young son takes after her. Fadoua added: “I always liked maths at school and I think my son is going to be good at it too. He’s only three and he can already count up to 100!”

Once I’ve done that I could go and work as an accounts assistant but that’s not my goal. I want to train as a chartered accountant. I like the idea of working  in a firm of accountants so I can work with a number of businesses, not just one. I like the budgeting and costing side of accounting best, as without knowing what the budget is, a business can’t make decisions.

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