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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You’ll gain a broad understanding of different areas of business on this course. It represents your first step towards a nationally recognised qualification at an advanced level, accelerating your career progress and opening doors to higher education opportunities.

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least five GCSEs, of which both English and Maths must be at a minimum of grade C (or 4). Alternatively, a BTEC First Diploma at Merit or Distinction will be accepted but this must be accompanied by grade C/4 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 for you.

Course Content

Among the areas covered are:

  •  Exploring Business
  •  Developing a Marketing Campaign
  •  Personal and Business Finance
  •  Managing an Event
  •  International Business
  •  Principles of Management
  •  Business Decision Making

...plus a wide range of optional units in a variety of Business topics.

How will I be assessed?

This Business BTEC is assessed through assignments, tasks, and written exams. The assessment methods for assignments include presentations, posters, observations and various research projects.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You may be required to make a contribution to the enrichment activities undertaken in support of the course delivery, including exciting trips to businesses.

What can I do after this course?

The second year of the BTEC National Extended Diploma programme is the natural progression route, after which you could then progress to a Higher Education Business programme at Derby College. You could also consider going to university to gain a degree in Marketing, Law, Accountancy or Business, to name but a few subjects. Another option could be a Business, Customer Service or Team Leading apprenticeship. Derby College can help you find the right opportunity.

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Nicole Bullock

Nicole Bullock

Admin team leader Nicole says Derby College ‘put me on my feet’

Teenager Nicole Bullock says Derby College has "guided her life" as it put her on the path towards a career as a mortgage broker.
Former apprentice Nicole was the first person taken on by growing Derby business Create Finance.
The 18-year-old, from Chaddesden, left school with 10 good GCSEs but was adamant she did not want to go to college full-time.
Instead, she jumped at the opportunity of becoming an apprentice administrator with the Full Street-based business.
She said the apprenticeship included studying Business Administration with Derby College and it "fitted me perfectly".
Nicole found the Level 2 NVQ "was relevant to what we were doing here". She said that the units were chosen to best meet the needs of her role.
After passing her NVQ and completing her apprenticeship, Nicole was taken on and then achieved promotion to become Administration Team Leader. She is now looking to take her industry CeMAP exams so she can work as a self-employed mortgage broker herself.
Riverside Chambers-based Create Finance was launched in August 2015 by Derby men Gindy Mathoon, who attended Derby Moor Community College and Karl Yeoman, who went to Allestree Woodlands, along with Pete Mugleston, (correct) who is originally from Nuneaton.
The business has grown to employ 26 people, including the three directors.
Gindy said Nicole, the company's first employee, was now administration team leader and a "role model and mentor for any new or existing administration staff."
He added: "Derby College sources suitable candidates who potentially have the right qualities to work for Create Finance. The administrators are the backbone of the business and without high quality administration we can't grow as a business. We're expanding gradually, and our link with Derby College has allowed us to progress."

I'm grateful to the college – it's put me on my feet and guided my life. Without the college's help I wouldn't have my job here. It's literally put me on the path to my career.


The aim now is to work hard and make as much money as I can. You can be self-employed here as a broker. When I am a bit older, and the company and I both feel that I am ready for it, that's what I'd like to do.

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