The Foundation Diploma is designed as a one-year full-time course covering the fundamentals of enterprise and entrepreneurship. It supports either progression to an apprenticeship in the enterprise and entrepreneurship sector or to a further year of study at Level 3.
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.
You will study the following mandatory units:
You will also choose two of the following three optional units:
You will be assessed using a range of methods such as written assignments, practical tasks and examinations.
You may be required to make a contribution to the enrichment activities undertaken in support of the course delivery, including exciting trips to businesses.
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. Derby College can help you find the right opportunity.
As a Customer Service apprentice, Natasha Thomas sailed into a new career with classic narrow boat company Avante.
Her placement with the Willington firm – which involved helping run the office, liaising with customers from around the world, inspecting the boats and even driving them occasionally under supervision – led directly to the offer of a full-time job.
Natasha’s success was supported by the NVQ in Customer Service she took at Derby College during her placement.
I knew I wanted to work in customer service but in a role that was a bit different. I love this job. No day is ever the same and there’s always so much variety. My College tutor was really encouraging and regularly came to see me at Avante to go through my course work.