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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 6602.00****

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.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Jess Monk

Jess Monk

Employer shows trust in teenage business admin apprentice Jess

Derby College business administration apprentice Jess Monk is the envy of many of her friends.
At just 17, she has an interesting, well-paid job, working with friendly and supportive people who show trust in her abilities.
Jess is on the college’s Business Administration level 2 course and in September started an apprenticeship with engineering design consultants Jackson Purdue Lever on Pride Park.
Originally at Derby College to study Health and Social Care, she switched courses when she realised she’d prefer to work in a business environment.
Jess says she has already picked up lots of business knowledge on her course and is thinking about furthering this by progressing to level 3.
As an apprentice, Jess also likes that there are other young Derby College learners at Jackson Purdue Lever.Over the past five years the firm has established strong links with the college through its careers academy, providing work experience to several students.

I’d been working part-time as an admin assistant at Jackson Purdue Lever for about a year before being taken on as an apprentice, so I already knew everyone. I’m given quite a lot of responsibility at work, which makes me feel that my employer trusts me.


I’m responsible for ordering all the stationery, for instance. It’s important to get it right.


I also spend a lot of time writing up reports for the structural survey team and recording information on Excel spreadsheets as well as welcoming visitors to the firm.

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