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Welcome business studies applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

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Get a glimpse into the facilities you will be using as a business student at West Notts College.

What our students say

Lucy loves the creative side to business studies as well as learning the financial aspects. She explains about all of the extra-curricular activities which have given her confidence with her presenting skills and connecting with fellow students.

Meet the teachers

Get to know to know a bit more about your teachers before you join us.

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    Kit list

    Find out what equipment and resources you'll need before you join as a West Notts student.

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FAQs - business studies courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    Our business courses are based at the Derby Road campus, Mansfield, and have a dedicated area with rooms for study and presentations. The college operates 13 different bus routes to and from this campus, both in the morning and the evening.

  • What is it like?

    The business team are all very experienced in aspects of business themselves and bring a range of expertise to their teaching. The college is an adult, professional environment intended to prepare you to work in your chosen industry. We expect our students to behave in the way that they would in a job with an employer. Attendance and punctuality are very important too. As a business student you will get the chance to meet with some of our local employer partners, so personal presentation and communication will be really important at all levels of study.

  • What will I study?

    The business curriculum gives a varied introduction to the business world, for students who may not know particularly what their next steps may be. You will study finance, marketing, business planning, people management, customer service and business law. Most of the teaching is classroom-based, with some opportunity to visit local employers. You will be involved in project-based working and expected to work in teams with other students and to be able to present your team’s work back to your classmates.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

    Take a look at our fact sheets to find out why English and maths is important within this industry.

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  • What will I have to wear?

    The college does not have a uniform policy so business students can wear whatever they choose to as long as it isn’t offensive. There will be days when you will need to come dressed in business attire, particularly if you are delivering presentations.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    Work placement in an expectation for business students at levels 2 and 3 and the central work placement team will help you find one. We will try and make sure this is with a business or an area of business that really interests you and is a great way for you to get your foot in the door, impress an employer and potentially move into a job or apprenticeship as a result.

    All of our students will be able to also get engaged with our learning companies, which provide in-house opportunities to gain real-world experience. This year students have worked with Mansfield District Council on their ambassador scheme.

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    Be part of our learning company

    Resolve IT is a student-led PC repair and IT support learning company that was established in October 2021 by the digital and business department.

    Their goal is to provide a personal and professional repair and support service for all IT needs. Working for Resolve IT, offers opportunities for you to gain more of an insight of working in the digital repair industry, working on your technical skills and gaining knowledge and experience of working for a real company.

    As part of level 2 and 3 courses, you will be expected to complete a mandatory work placement, so why don’t you apply to work with us?

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    Take a look at this - The Great Vision Awards 2022 - a student led event

    Joining the college’s principal and chief executive Andrew Cropley and the executive management team, more than 160 students took to the stage for nominations for a variety of awards over three celebratory evenings at the end of 2022.

    Business students organised the whole events, from designing certificates and awards, marketing the events, organising catering and booking the stage set-up with an external company as well as inviting award nominees. They expertly ran the three celebratory events earning them praise from senior management at the college.

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    Discover Ashfield newsletter

    For the last couple of years our students have been working on the Discover Ashfield newsletter. Take a look at the latest edition created by Level 3 student, Jasmine Morbray.

    View the newsletter

Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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We offer a flexible and cost-effective travel pass to all students and apprentices.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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