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Business Studies, Finance and Law

“The world is divided into three types of people in business: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened” – Karen Brady 

Studying at WSC on a Business Course will provide you with an abundance of opportunities to develop your skills and become successful in Business; this is something we are passionate about and would like to share with you - Tracey Marshall, Head of Business and Tourism.

You will study business-specific units, all taught by industry professionals who possess a wealth of knowledge of their specific area. Every unit is geared towards your vocational area aiming to inspire and enthuse you to pursue a career in a variety of sectors including Business, Finance, Marketing, Insurance and Law. 

Whilst studying with us, you will learn the theory and practical elements of your chosen Business pathway. We will also ensure that you are given every opportunity to work on the practical elements to give you a vocationally specific experience. You will also be given the opportunity to work on live projects with employers and numerous hands-on experiences, gaining opportunities to develop transferable skills for employment and further study.The skills youlearnon any of our courses can be easily transferred and adapted to just about any future career or job position - after all practically everything within is run as a business!

Successes – shops without windows, work experience, student university places,

Expectations – attendance, assessment completion, behaviour, dedication, commitment, ambition.

Where could it take me?

We have built excellent links with local and regional businesses. This will help you togain meaningful work experience and work on projects linked to businesses which will bring your learning to life and allow you to develop employer connections. 

The Business study programmes give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the Business sector by working with Business staff who are highly experienced in working in the professional industry, with a broad range of experience and an understanding of the vocational area. 

As a student on a vocational course, we will encourage you to gain as many additional qualifications as possible in order to support your applications for Higher Education and employment in the sector. Examples include Core Maths and Qualifications in Finance with the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

  • You will need to be keen to learn and to work with others - team working is an essential skill for being successful in Business.

Apply online

The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

Courses

Felixstowe Docks

International Supply Chain Logistics Level 3

'Logistics and supply chain management is regional, national and global - it is everywhere,' says Tracey Marshall, Head of School Business and Tourism.. 'Without it, the wheels of industry and ultimately the UK economy would grind to a halt. Logistics is a key part of the UK economy, contributing over £127 billion and employing 1.7 million people, around 5% of the workforce.'

There has never been a better time to study Logistics. Logistics businesses are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people are directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to the UK.

The maritime transport industry is a key growth sector in the UK, providing considerable opportunity for young people to develop a wide range of job skills and specialisms such as warehousing and storage, supply management, finance, marketing, HR, international trade, leadership in logistics operations, minimising the environmental impact of logistics operations, contributing to customer service and data analytics. You could be working for a container terminal landlord, oceans carriers, operators, pilots or the logistics companies who handle incoming ships, look after passengers and shift boxes.

To meet local demand we are excited to be offering a pioneering new course which is supported by Careers Colleges Trust and STC, a specialist Port Logistics Further Education College based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. As such they well be delivered in close consultation and with input from logistics experts, providing enhanced enrichment opportunities such as research visits, industry placements and collaborative project- based learning both in the UK and abroad.

Foundation in Business and Service Industries  

Certificate in skills for Vocational Studies Level 1 is a BTEC study program that allows students to develop and prepare for their future specialist sector.  They will be able to try out a variety of different vocational areas within their year of study.

How does it work?

All students will attend college for three days and will attend a vocational area of their choice on Friday of each week. The vocational areas are:

Business | Health and Social Care | Hairdressing | Animal Studies | Computing | Music and Media | Sport | Culinary Arts | Hair and Beauty | Catering and Hospitality | Tourism and Events

  • PPE will be provided for each student if required in the area they are attending on Fridays.
  • Students will continue to study English and maths lessons to improve their grades for further progression.
  • Participate in health and well-being sessions tailored to the industry pathway and student needs
  • Go on a variety of trips and visits to various fun and exciting locations
  • Have opportunities to meet with guest speakers and employers from their chosen industry.
  • Work on live projects based on the chosen industry pathway

The Duke of Edinburgh award plays an important part of the student's progression.  Students will have the opportunity to register and complete the 4 stages of the program to achieve this prestigious award.  They will be working closely with organisations running beach cleans, marine conservation and many more projects to help and support the environment.

Entry requirements

4 x GCSE Grades 1/2 OR progression from another course within college.

All students will be interviewed before they start the course and must demonstrate a ready to learn attitude and enthusiasm to participate in the various industries and lessons.

The Foundation course will teach students, through the qualification and The Duke of Edinburgh award, the skills needed to:

  • Become more confident in a variety of different vocational areas of their choice.
  • Make well-informed decisions towards positive future goals.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Take on new challenges through the Duke of Edinburgh award
  • Take part in social and community projects
  • Undertake vocational tasters and work-related learning within the college, community, and workplace (as appropriate to individual needs and future goals).

To help you achieve and progress onto the next level of learning or employment, you will be working on developing the following character strengths: Ambition, Confidence, Curiosity, Optimism, Ownership, Resilience, Respect and Self-Control.

The Assessment methods will vary, there will be some written work, some practical work and assessment opportunities within trips and visits. Please note that there are NO formal exams on the course with the exception of Maths and English.

Business Extended Certificate Level 2  

The Level 2 Business programme aims to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the Business sector, allowing learners to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of an array of business topics. The programme also broadens the learners’ understanding of the many business careers available, and the attributes that they will need in order to be successful in the world of business.  

This is a one-year study programme involving the study of key business units, including Introduction to Marketing, Finance for Business, Promoting a Brand, Introducing Law and Consumer Rights, Visual merchandising in Retail Business, Enterprise in the Business World, Working in Business Teams, Business Online and Work Experience. 

This qualification provides a good foundation for learners in post-16 education. It provides a suitable pathway for further study within the department supporting progression to a more specialised level 3 Business course.  

The Level 2 Business programmes inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the Business sector. Giving learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills. The programmes also broaden and deepen learners’ understanding of business careers and their attributes.  

It is a one year study programme involving the study of units, examples include Business online, Introducing Law and Consumer Rights, Investigating the Business Environment, Visual Merchandising in Retail Business, Working in Business Teams, Job roles and Functional Areas in Business and Promoting a Brand. 

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

The Extended Diploma in Business is a prestigious academic qualification and is the equivalent of studying 3 A-Levels. This provides learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and skills surrounding Business with specialist pathways of study in Business, Law and Marketing. 
 
It is a two-year programme involving the study of 13 units, examples include, Exploring Business, Personal and Business Finance, Principles of Management, International Business, Investigating Customer Service, Employment Law, The English Legal System, Managing an Event, Recruitment and Selection, & Acts of Criminal Liability. Learners will be assessed through a variety of methods; these involve both internal and external assessments which will allow learners to develop their vocational and study skills. 
 
Learners will be supported with their progression towards higher education and future employment – based within the Business sector. They will be given the opportunity to gain valuable work-related experience to give them the insight and connections with working within the Business and professional industries. In addition, learners have the opportunity to undertake further short courses alongside their main qualification which evolve with industry demand such as WorldHost Principles in Customer Service, Introduction to Barista and QNUK Emergency First Aid at Work.

Business Accountancy and Finance Extended Diploma Level 3

The Extended Diploma in Business is a prestigious academic qualification, the equivalent to studying 3 A-Levels, which provides learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and skills surrounding Business with specialist pathways of study in Business and Finance. 

It is a two-year programme involving the study of 13 units, examples include: Exploring Business, Personal and Business Finance, Principals of Management, International Business, Investigating Customer service, Cost and Management Accounting, Recording Financial Transactions,  Learners will be assessed through a variety of methods; these involve both internal and external assessments which will allow learners to develop their vocational and study skills. In addition, you will study Year 1 Certificate in Financial Studies and Year 2 Diploma in Financial studies awarded by the London Institute of Banking and Finance.   

Learners will be supported with their progression towards higher education and future employment based within the Business and Finance sector. They will be given the opportunity to gain valuable work-related experience to give them the insight and connections with working within the Business and Finance professional industries. 

In year 1, learners are exposed to a range of business principles which include Exploring Business, Personal and Business Finance, Employment Law and AccountingWhen progressing to year 2, learners have the opportunity to build on the foundations established in year 1, and take a more specialist pathway in accounting and finance and insurance with subjects including Investment opportunities and financial planning.   

To fully appreciate the world of Finance, accountancy and business, you need to get out there. During the course, you will be exposed to successful business finance 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 both locally and nationally. 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 

Business Law and Psychology Level 3  

It is a two-year programme involving the study of 13 units, examples include Exploring Business, developing a Marketing Campaign, Personal and Business Finance, Customer Service, Managing an Event, Psychological Approaches, Conducting Research in Psychology, International Business, Principles of Management, English Legal System, Aspects of Criminal Liability, Health Psychology and Criminal and Forensic Psychology. 

During the course, you will understand how law and psychology are linked as psychology seeks to understand human behaviour and law seeks to regulate human behaviour.  To fully appreciate business law and psychology, you need to get out there.  You will meet with 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, working in the legal system and with the skills established through psychology study to understand the needs of your clients and of other parties involved in the legal system.  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  

What can I do next?

  • Upon completion of the Foundation in Business and service industries course, you can progress onto any level 2 course within the college – with the natural progression being Level 2 Business.

  •  Upon completion of the Business Extended Certificate Level 2 course, you can progress onto any Level 3 course within the college – with the natural progression being Level 3 Business. Some students also opt to undertake a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

  • Level 3 Business students go onto several pathways including University and Higher Education, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and Full-time employment. We offer a range of business degree programmes at our university site at West Suffolk College

Industry Statistics

 There are more than 5.9 million (Business Statistics Briefing Paper, July 2020) private sector businesses in the UK. However, you don’t have to restrict yourself solely to the business sector, as most organisations require business professionals. The business sector has high starting salaries, typically between £20,000-£35,000 (Prospects, 2021) and this figure rises quickly.

Typical Careers

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Sales and Retail

"People should pursue what they're passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else." Elon Musk

Studying at West Suffolk College on a Business Course will provide you with opportunities to develop the skills to become successful in Business – this is something we are passionate about and would like to share with you

Apply online

The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

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