This qualification provides full-time learners with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and the range of business skills essential for a successful career in a range of sectors. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are facing huge challenges in today's economic climate. The structure of the programme provides an innovative and creative curriculum, providing learners with knowledge about the evolving business environment, future challenges and the importance of technology relevant to business of all shapes and sizes.
In year 1, learners are exposed to a range of business principles which include economics, marketing, finance, employment law and events management. When progressing to year 2, learners have the opportunity to build on the foundations established in year 1, or take a more specialist pathway in business and marketing, law or accounting and finance.
To fully appreciate the business sector, you need to get out there. During the course, you will be exposed to successful business speakers, business organisations and industry specialists. Visits will be linked to your course criteria, allowing you to gaining valuable insight into the running of real businesses. Throughout the course you will be supported by staff who have real life experience and a true passion for industry. Delivery strategies will include real life project-based scenarios involving industry 'clients', national competitions and challenges.
Whatever your long term goals may be, this course will equip you with the fundamental skills that underpin businesses across a range of sectors, providing a solid foundation for your next steps into employment, higher education, apprenticeship, self-employment in a trade or a stepping stone to starting your own business.
How do I know if there are still places on the course? The business course is in very high demand, so it is advisable to apply by following the online application process to give yourself the best chance of securing a place. Our administration team will then contact you.
Do I need to complete work experience? Yes, you will be expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of work experience to support your qualification. This is an ideal opportunity for you to gain an insight into a new business sector or build on the business skills required for operation in a trade should you be interested in starting your own business or pursuing a specific trade e.g. beauty therapy, hairdressing, bricklaying, carpentry.
Will I need to find my own work experience? We encourage students to try to find their own work experience, however we have a dedicated work placement officer within the team should you need support finding a placement.
Is this course suitable for me if I want to start my own business or pursue a trade? Yes, the course will give you the fundamental skills required to run your own business, as well as support the needs of self-employed workers. The course would be an excellent choice for budding entrepreneurs, as well as for someone that has already studied a trade or plans to in the future.
Do I need to wear uniform? No, however when students are taking part in projects or visits, we expect students to wear business dress.