Course Title BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Business
Level: 1
Code Y158

Overview of the Course

This is a work-related qualification which will provide a progression pathway to the Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business. There are links with the local business community and the course is designed to give an introduction to working in business, retail and customer service industries.

What are the career opportunities?

The “Services Sector” is the largest industrial sector in the UK offering high employment potential for those who are interested in working in the tertiary sector. This sector has seen a large level of economic growth over recent years and is predicted to continue to prosper in the near future. Customer-facing roles require excellent communication and mathematical skills to help the business become successful and this course is an excellent introduction into the world of business.

What are the entry requirements?

This is a progression course for Entry Level 3 students who wish to progress. It is also possible to enrol on this course with alternative post-16 qualifications. You will require 4 GCSE grades D-E (3-2) including English and maths or an appropriate Functional Skill Level 1, as well as a positive reference in regards to behaviour and attendance.

How long is the course and when can I start?

This is a full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a combination of units, all assessed by coursework assignments, practical role-plays and observations. There are no external exams. A selection of the 10 unit titles include: Working with others, researching a topic, organise a meeting, present a business idea, contribute to running an event, recording income and expenditure and communicating with customers. The introductory course offers a variety of topics and the chance to experience many areas of interest. Each unit will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Grades are awarded according to the level of detail produced, the accuracy of the work and the level of complexity applied when completing the tasks. A Merit would be required to progress onto the Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business. You would also need to attend all lessons, work hard at improving your English and maths skills, and take part in all activities.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a business related career, you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team and like working under pressure. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done to meet deadlines and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important, as you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the service sector. You will need to be able to accurately record income, spending and calculate VAT and discounts.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your study programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain real experience within the sector you wish to work in, and to start to develop key employability skills towards your career goals. Business students have recently had successful work experience placements within the following areas: Estate Agents, Banks, Boots, Town Hall, Whitefield Library, Fusilier Museum, British Heart Foundation and WHSmith.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Business Study Programme will support emotional, social and personal development to ensure you make good progress and gain the skills needed for successful progression. This may be in employment, an apprenticeship or another course. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities and the £10.00 Business Challenge Initiative.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

To support your organisational skills you will be required to carry the appropriate stationary and equipment for each lesson.


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