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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This exciting and innovative study programme will give you the opportunity to explore the world of business and the service sector. It offers a 'pick and mix' of units designed to help you develop and plan your career.

The study programme will offer access to a range of DCG Employer Academies from the business and service sectors as well as work experience designed to give you an insight into the job roles in these sectors of employment.  You will also participate in any trips/visits or guest speaker sessions that will assist you with your future career choice.

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at those with GCSE grades below 3/D and in need of taking Maths and English.

Ideally candidates must be committed to exploring different sectors in Business, Hospitality and Catering, Hair and Beauty, Travel and Tourism, Early Years and Health and Social Care.

Course Content

You will study two core units:

  • Being Organised 
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan

Plus a range of additional units from different sectors like:

  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Early Years/Health and Social Care


How will I be assessed?

In line with the requirements and guidance for internal assessment, you can select the most appropriate assessment styles according to the learning set out in the unit. This ensures that learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Learners could be given opportunities to:

  • carry out practical tasks
  • present information that they have gathered
  • keep working logbooks, records and reflective journals
  • practise English and mathematical skills
  • take part in oral or written presentations
  • take part in role play, interviews and other activities. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There may be additional costs for trips/visits during the study programme.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

These qualifications will prepare you for further learning at a higher level across a range of sectors. The development of transferable skills means that you can also choose a study programme from alternative sectors. 


The method of delivery and assessment in the units is designed to build awareness of a sector and the skills required to work in it. Learners will be given scenarios to help them develop skills and to acquire knowledge through application. This ensures the development of pre-employability skills and knowledge to allow you to progress to further learning and training at Derby College Group and, ultimately, to become successful in your chosen sector.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Libbi Myers

Libbi Myers

Lockdown picnic box success for former Roundhouse business student

Former Derby College business studies student Libbi Myers is enjoying great success with her new venture, The Fuddle Box Co, which she created during lockdown.  
But the entrepreneurial 21-year-old, says she wouldn’t have been able to go into business without the help she received while studying at the Roundhouse.  
Libbi, who has Asperger’s, said the support she received from staff on her level 3 course – as well as learning in an open, airy building with plenty of natural light – helped her reach her potential.   Initially it was recommended that Libbi start on level 2 as she’d had issues with attendance in the past.  
She said: “Asperger’s doesn’t affect me intellectually – I got good GCSE grades at school – but I do struggle with the social side of learning. My lecturer, Lorna wanted to give me the chance to prove myself and suggested that I did level 2 for a couple of weeks and, if that went ok, I could move on to level 3. Lorna gave me the motivation I needed and without her I wouldn’t be where I am today, running my own business.”  
Libbi, who co-owns the Bean Café in Friar Gate Studios with her dad, came up with the idea of creating a picnic in a box, while at home during lockdown.  
She bought a selection of sweet and savoury picnic favourites, then put photos of the “fuddle” boxes on Instagram to promote them. In her first weekend of trading, at the end of May, she received 30 orders, with numbers reaching a capacity of 80 on the weekend of Father’s Day in June.  
Libbi added: “So many of the business skills I use every day were acquired on my course at Derby College. I learned so much about marketing and finance, and taking the course also gave me the confidence to start a business.”

So many of the business skills I use every day were acquired on my course at Derby College. I learned so much about marketing and finance, and taking the course also gave me the confidence to start a business.


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