This advanced qualification broadens and expands your business focus, enhancing your career prospects and paving the way to higher education opportunities. Work experience, guest speakers and fact-finding visits will form part of your studies.
You will need to have at least five GCSEs, of which both English and Maths must be at a minimum of grade C. Alternatively, a BTEC First Diploma at Merit or Distinction will be accepted but this must be accompanied by grade C or above in both English and Maths. You will be required to undertake a full screening at the College to help us identify which level of study is most appropriate.
This Business BTEC is assessed through assignments, tasks and written exams. The assessment methods for assignments include presentations, posters, video blogs/presentations, observations and various research projects.
Students are strongly advised to purchase a copy of the text book and exam revision books.
You may be required to make a contribution to the enrichment activities undertaken in support of the course delivery, including exciting trips to businesses.
On completing the BTEC National Extended Diploma you could then advance to a Higher Education Business programme by studying the Foundation Degree in Business and Management at the Derby College Group.
You could also consider going to university to gain a degree in Human Resource Management, Marketing, Law, Accountancy/Finance or Business Studies/Business Management, to name but a few subjects. Another option could be a Business, Customer Service or Team Leading apprenticeship. Derby College Group can help you find the right opportunity.
This qualification is useful for a variety of careers including Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Advertising, Human Resources, Law, Business Management and Teaching.
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.