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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This new study programme is directed towards candidates who wish to work within the business and management or finance industry at a technical level. It allows progression to a Level 3 T Level, Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business, employment or an apprenticeship.  The programme also allows for a GCSE resit in Maths.

The emphasis of this dynamic course is on developing all-round knowledge and practical business skills, together with an understanding of the roles people undertake within business. This includes Marketing, Leadership and Management, Finance and Legal, Administration, Customer Relations/Customer Service, Personal Selling and Sales, Business Ownership types as well as Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. You will also take part in an employer-set project and work experience (this may be continuous throughout the academic year or on a block placement).

For more information on T Levels, please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels/introduction-of-t-levels

Entry requirements

You need:

  • GCSE English Language graded 4/C or above 
  • Three further GCSEs graded 3/D or above (Maths should be graded at least 3/D) 

A vocational qualification at Merit grade or above would be considered but it should be accompanied by GCSE English Language 4/C or above and GCSE Maths graded at 3/C or above.

Other BTEC Level 2 qualifications are available, based on your qualifications.

Course Content

You will study the Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Certificate, which:

  • has mandatory and optional units 
  • has two units that are externally assessed: Pearson sets and marks these assessments
  • is graded based on Pass, Merit or Distinction
In addition to this you will:
  • undertake an employer-led project
  • complete an extensive period of work experience

How will I be assessed?

The qualification includes two externally-assessed units (Marketing and Finance). This will help learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to related academic qualifications.

The remaining units are internally assessed (assignments). Internal assessment allows learners to develop a wider range of skills and provides evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Evidence for assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including role play, practical performance and verbal presentations. 

The employer project will be assessed with a project-based assignment, portfolio of evidence and presentation.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is an additional cost for the text book and exam revision guide (students are advised to purchase their own copy).

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

The qualification provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for learners to progress to: 

  • a Level 3 T Level 
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, specifically the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National in Business
  • competency-based qualifications such as the Pearson BTEC NVQ Level 2 in either Business Administration or Team Leading, or the Pearson BTEC NVQ Level 3 in either Business Administration or Management, or their corresponding apprenticeships 
  • employment within the business industry

Careers

These qualifications have a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and lead to a range of career options to reflect the breadth of pathways within the business sector.  Career progression includes:

  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Retail
  • Sales 
  • Leadership and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Customer Relations/Customer Service
  • Enterprise/Entrepreneurship

 

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Ashley Grell

Ashley Grell

DCG business lecturers provide “great support and quality teaching”

Guidance from her college lecturers helped DCG student Ashley Grell stay motivated while she worked towards her level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business.
 
Ashley, now aged 21, came to the East Midlands in 2017 from the Caribbean island of St Maarten where she had been studying business. Keen to further her qualifications and go onto university, she enrolled at the Roundhouse after Derby College was recommended to her by a friend.
 
Now on a BA Hons Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree course at De Montfort University in Leicester, Ashley plans to establish a hotel venture here in Britain and in her home country.
 
She said: “I liked the social life and the campus facilities at the Roundhouse but the best thing about my college course was the quality of the teaching. I had not had that level of support from teachers back home and I hadn’t expected to get so much guidance on my BTEC course.
 
“At Derby College we had regular one-to-ones with our lecturers. They were always there to help us and see if we were ok. I think it really helps you stay motivated when teachers guide you in your learning. Derby College teachers are equipped with the skills and acumen needed to teach other students, and the College should definitely be recommended more.”
 
Ashley did well on her BTEC course, receiving a Student of the Month Award in December 2019 and leaving college with three D*s.
 
She is now considering taking a master’s degree after she’s graduated, but her ultimate goal is to set up a hotel business.
 
Ashley added: "I came up with the idea because the hotels in my home country are much more luxurious than here in Britain, with their own pools etc. I’d like to bring my experience of living there and the hotels I’m used to in St Maarten to the UK hotel market. I’ve always been entrepreneurial – I also currently have my own skincare business.”

At Derby College we had regular one-to-ones with our lecturers. They were always there to help us and see if we were ok. I think it really
helps you stay motivated when teachers guide you in your learning. Derby College teachers are equipped with the skills and acumen needed to teach other students, and the College should definitely be recommended more.

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