16-18 Year Olds


This is a practical work-related course where you will learn by completing projects, exams and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This course will introduce you to your chosen career and provide a good basis to progress onto a more advanced qualification.

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved the following:
4 GCSEs at grade D or above including English or Maths at grade 3 or higher, or prior achievement at level 1. Subject to awarding body conditions.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements


During this course you will study twelve units in total. Two core units and one mandatory unit will provide a general foundation and nine specialist units will introduce you to particular topics in more depth.
Core Units:

• Enterprise in the business world
• Finance for business

Mandatory Unit:

• Principles of marketing

Specialist Units to include:

• Promoting a brand
• Principles of customer service
• Sales and personal selling
• Introducing retail business
• Providing business support
• Recruitment, selection and employment

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above. If you have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.


Two units on the Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business are assessed through external examination. The other ten units are assessed through project and assignment work. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded on completion.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Awarding body



On successful achievement of this course you may wish to:

• Apply to study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business if you have achieved a Merit or above
• Enter a business related career such as administration, finance, customer services, sales, ICT, accounting or

Additional information

Additional help and support is available for you should you require it and this can be discussed at your admissions interview.

You will have the opportunity to take part in educational and industrial visits during your course programme. A financial contribution of £100 towards the cost of these visits and activities is to be paid during the first term. Visits may include Chester Zoo to study ‘Customer Relations in Business’, The Trafford Centre to study ‘Personal Selling’ and Petty Pool to study ‘Working in Business Teams’.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 02/09/2020

End date: 26/06/2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 34

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