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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan). 

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

Introduction

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 you learn on 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 to gain 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.

Courses

 
Foundation in Business and Service Industries  
Foundation in Business and Service Industries is a BTEC study program that allows students to develop and prepare for their future specialist sector.  
There are different pathways within this study programme and students can choose either  
Hair and Beauty, Catering and Hospitality, Business, Tourism and Events.  
This is a one year study programme which consist of 9 units examples include, Being Organised, Developing a Progression plan, Working With Others, Researching a Topic, Creating a Mood Board, Contributing to Running an Event, Presenting a Business Idea, Creating a Website and Contributing to Your Community.  
This course enables you to continue to study English and Maths alongside a general broad-based vocational qualification.  You will have the opportunity to have taster sessions in a variety of professions: examples include Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Catering and Business, Tourism and Events – so that you can find out what you would like to progress onto in the future.  The programme aims to inspire learners and encourage them to try out different things and push them to be ambitious.  Learners students will be reassured that they can and will develop the attributes that they will need in order to be successful in their futures 

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.  

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 Accounting. When 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  
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, The English Legal System, Aspects of Criminal Liability, Health Psychology and Criminal and Forensic Psychology.

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

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Starting September 2022


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