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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. 

Careers

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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Arvin Johal

Arvin Johal

DCG BTEC leaves Arvin well equipped for business management degree

Taking a BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business at Derby College Group has left entrepreneurial undergraduate Arvin Johal well equipped for his BA Hons degree in Business Management.  
 
Arvin, who is 20 and from Littleover, is now in his second year of the CMI-accredited degree at the University of Derby and plans to set up his own business after he graduates.  
 
He said “I’d chosen not to do A levels after school because I hate exams, so the assessments, appraisals and reports we did on the BTEC course suited my style of learning much better. We still had some exams during the two years but our lecturers made sure we were well prepared for them so it took the pressure off. Some of the content on my degree course we’d covered in my BTEC, so that’s been especially useful.”   Arvin liked all elements of his DCG business course, but particularly HR.  
 
He added: “I’m very people oriented – I like working with others  – so I found the subject of people in the workplace really interesting.”  
 
Inspired by his dad, who runs his own successful CCTV firm, Arvin has always been quick to spot a business opportunity. While still at college he started a local painting, decorating and gardening business after noticing that his older neighbours needed help with these household tasks.  
 
Arvin has been employed by the NHS since leaving school at the age of 16 as well as volunteer with MLSS, the Midland Langar Seva Society, Arvin is also heavily involved in student life. He’s the secretary of Derby University’s Punjabi Society, a student ambassador, a marketing representative, course representative and “unibuddy” to prospective undergraduates considering applying to his degree course.  
 
Keen to share his experiences, Arvin will be returning to the Roundhouse in the near future to talk to first and second year students on the level 3 BTEC business course.

I’d chosen not to do A levels after school because I hate exams, so the assessments, appraisals and reports we did on the BTEC course suited my style of learning much better. We still had some exams during the two years but our lecturers made sure we were well prepared for them so it took the pressure off. Some of the content on my degree course we’d covered in my BTEC, so that’s been especially useful.

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