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Business (BTEC First Diploma in Business) - Level 2


This course is designed to provide you with a sound overview of working within a business or enterprise environment. Including roles such as; administration, sales, retail finance, human resources or setting up your own business.

This full-time course is open to all students under the age of 19 and covers a broad range of business topics.  

The BTEC course had been designed to help develop your knowledge and understanding of the business sector. It is an integrated business programme that will introduce you to all aspects of business development and operations at local, national and global levels.

As part of your course you will also study and gain qualifications in English and maths - the key skills that are essential to progress in a business environment, either to study at the next level or to progress to employment. In addition to this the course has a strong focus on developing your employability skills by undertaking wider learning activities.

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Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs with at least 3 points (grade D) including English language and maths.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report stating your attendance record.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20191 yr(s)1469A1294FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

Coursework assessment is completed throughout your course using case studies, projects, presentations, reports linked to real business, role play activities, marketing displays, visual merchandising window displays, video and web cam research. This builds up on skills and experience you gain as your course progress. 

Assessment is undertaken throughout the course in the form of assignments, presentations, projects and external assessments.

What does the course lead to?

After successful completion of your BTEC course your potential employment opportunities could include

  • Apprenticeship
  • Administration assistant
  • Junior clerical assistant
  • Sales assistant
  • Retail trainee
  • Finance assistant
  • HRM administration assistant

Your potential pay levels could be in the region of £11,000-£13,000 dependant on the job role and the organisation. This could open opportunities for you to start the career pathway of your choice helping you to achieve your full potential.

What will I study?

The units covered over the year are:

  • Enterprise in the business world
  • Finance for business
  • Small business planning
  • Promoting a brand
  • Principles of marketing
  • Introducing project management
  • Business online
  • Working in business teams
  • Introducing retail business
  • Recruitment, selection and employment
  • Visual merchandising in retail business
  • Managing personal finances

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

Completion of online or paper based application form.

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