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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This new study programme is directed towards candidates who wish to work within the business and management or finance industry at a technical level. It allows progression to a Level 3 T Level, Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business, employment or an apprenticeship.  The programme also allows for a GCSE resit in Maths.

The emphasis of this dynamic course is on developing all-round knowledge and practical business skills, together with an understanding of the roles people undertake within business. This includes Marketing, Leadership and Management, Finance and Legal, Administration, Customer Relations/Customer Service, Personal Selling and Sales, Business Ownership types as well as Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. You will also take part in an employer-set project and work experience (this may be continuous throughout the academic year or on a block placement).

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Entry requirements

You need:

  • GCSE English Language graded 4/C or above 
  • Three further GCSEs graded 3/D or above (Maths should be graded at least 3/D) 

A vocational qualification at Merit grade or above would be considered but it should be accompanied by GCSE English Language 4/C or above and GCSE Maths graded at 3/C or above.

Other BTEC Level 2 qualifications are available, based on your qualifications.

Course Content

You will study the Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Certificate, which:

  • has mandatory and optional units 
  • has two units that are externally assessed: Pearson sets and marks these assessments
  • is graded based on Pass, Merit or Distinction
In addition to this you will:
  • undertake an employer-led project
  • complete an extensive period of work experience

How will I be assessed?

The qualification includes two externally-assessed units (Marketing and Finance). This will help learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to related academic qualifications.

The remaining units are internally assessed (assignments). Internal assessment allows learners to develop a wider range of skills and provides evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Evidence for assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including role play, practical performance and verbal presentations. 

The employer project will be assessed with a project-based assignment, portfolio of evidence and presentation.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is an additional cost for the text book and exam revision guide (students are advised to purchase their own copy).

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

The qualification provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for learners to progress to: 

  • a Level 3 T Level 
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, specifically the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National in Business
  • competency-based qualifications such as the Pearson BTEC NVQ Level 2 in either Business Administration or Team Leading, or the Pearson BTEC NVQ Level 3 in either Business Administration or Management, or their corresponding apprenticeships 
  • employment within the business industry


These qualifications have a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and lead to a range of career options to reflect the breadth of pathways within the business sector.  Career progression includes:

  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Retail
  • Sales 
  • Leadership and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Customer Relations/Customer Service
  • Enterprise/Entrepreneurship


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

George Wright

George Wright

DC student did so well at a mock interview that he ended up landing an apprenticeship.

George Wright, 17, impressed MCF Loans’ Chief Executive Officer Melanie Elliot to such a degree that she suggested he should research the company in more depth and get in touch.Pride Park-based MCF is a Derby College business employment and skills academy board member, and George took part in the job skills interview exercise as part of his Business Studies First Diploma BTEC Level 2. George volunteered with MCF for a week. He liked what he saw and the company saw his potential which led to an interview for real.He is now working towards a Business Administration NVQ Level 2 with Derby College, while working as an apprentice with MCF.

If I’ve got any questions on my course I can email my lecturer Nicola Dean and she comes back to me within the hour with help and advice. Hopefully I’m progressing well at work, I’m enjoying it.


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