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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).

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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


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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Leila Halilovic

Leila Halilovic

Level 5 course prepares Leila for business coaching

Former sales productivity manager for Europe, Leila Halilovic, has started her own business as a coach, mentor and consultant. And in preparation for her new venture, she recently completed the level 5 Business Coaching and Mentoring course via Derby College.
Leila, now 32, previously worked for a large London-based global business as sales productivity manager, a high-powered role which regularly took her to Europe and the United States. 
She now intends to use her experience of world markets and the software industry to assist other businesses with their growth plans. Leila enjoyed the level 5 and especially liked the opportunity to work with fellow students, many of whom are senior members of staff at Derby College.
It helped her forge new relationships and the two companies she worked with while on the course have since become clients. Leila has a degree in  English Language and Literature from Sheffield Hallam University but found the coaching course helped enrich her business language.
She added: “I learned new terms and a more rounded way of expressing myself in business. I found the course helpful. It was all done online because of covid restrictions but that was fine with me.
Coming from a computer software industry background I’m familiar with it and I’m extremely comfortable working remotely. I thoroughly enjoyed acquiring new skills and am thinking of enrolling on another Derby College course in September.
The nature of my business means I can work locally, nationally and internationally. There’s a lot to do, such as getting a new website, but I’m really excited to be working for myself as an independent business development consultant and business coach.”

I thoroughly enjoyed acquiring new skills and am thinking of enrolling on another Derby College course in September.


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