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Arvin Johal

Arvin Johal holding a book

Study Type: School Leaver Vocational
Study Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Studied: Business,Leadership and Management

BTEC leaves Arvin well equipped for business management degree

Taking a BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business at Derby College Group has left entrepreneurial undergraduate Arvin Johal well equipped for his BA Hons degree in Business Management.

Arvin, who is 20 and from Littleover, is now in his second year of the CMI-accredited degree at the University of Derby and plans to set up his own business after he graduates.

He said “I’d chosen not to do A levels after school because I hate exams, so the assessments, appraisals and reports we did on the BTEC course suited my style of learning much better.

We still had some exams during the two years but our lecturers made sure we were well prepared for them so it took the pressure off.

Some of the content on my degree course we’d covered in my BTEC, so that’s been especially useful.”

Arvin liked all elements of his DCG business course, but particularly HR.

He added: “I’m very people oriented – I like working with others  – so I found the subject of people in the workplace really interesting.”

Inspired by his dad, who runs his own successful CCTV firm, Arvin has always been quick to spot a business opportunity.

While still at college he started a local painting, decorating and gardening business after noticing that his older neighbours needed help with these household tasks.

Arvin has been employed by the NHS since leaving school at the age of 16 as well as volunteer with MLSS, the Midland Langar Seva Society, Arvin is also heavily involved in student life.

He’s the secretary of Derby University’s Punjabi Society, a student ambassador, a marketing representative, course representative and “unibuddy” to prospective undergraduates considering applying to his degree course.

Keen to share his experiences, Arvin will be returning to the Roundhouse in the near future to talk to first and second year students on the level 3 BTEC business course.

I’d chosen not to do A levels after school because I hate exams, so the assessments, appraisals and reports we did on the BTEC course suited my style of learning much better. We still had some exams during the two years but our lecturers made sure we were well prepared for them so it took the pressure off. Some of the content on my degree course we’d covered in my BTEC, so that’s been especially useful.