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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The purpose of this dynamic qualification is to develop the business, transferable and employability skills as well as the attributes and behaviours you need to progress to further study and ultimately to employment. The qualification is designed to be delivered in an exciting and stimulating way, bringing together appropriate content with practical and technical skills.

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at those with GCSE grades below 3/D.

Course Content

Students will explore a range of business and employability related subjects/topics that will provide a gateway to business and employment.  The subjects/topics include:

Industry skills

Term 1 

  • Roles and responsibilities in business
  • Preparing for interviews (recruitment and selection)
  • How to market a product
  • Social media
  • Personal and business finance
  • Communication skills for work
  • Developing a personal progression plan

Term 2

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills
  • Problem solving/enterprise idea

Term 3 

  • Enterprise project 

Digital Skills

  • Communicating and transacting online
  • Being safe online
  • Project management tools

Employability and character education

  • Progression Coach sessions
  • Enrichment sessions
  • Work experience


Students will also be able to study Maths and English.


How will I be assessed?

All work is internally assessed – giving you the opportunity to demonstrate skills developed in applied scenarios. There is a range of assessment styles suited to skills-based and sector-based qualifications at this level. 

Assessments may include:

  • carrying out practical tasks 
  • presenting information that has been gathered
  • keeping logbooks, records and reflective journals 
  • practising English and mathematical skills 
  • taking part in oral or written presentations 
  • taking part in role play, interviews and other activities


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You may need to pay additonal costs towards any enrichment trips/visits to businesses.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Derby College Group can assist with careers advice and progression opportunities to other Business-related study programmes at Level 2.


Another option could be a Business, Customer Service, Sales or Administrative apprenticeship. Derby College Group can help you find the right opportunity.

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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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