Course Title BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business
Level: 2
Code Y156

Overview of the Course

This work-related qualification will provide a progression pathway to a Level 3 Business Diploma, or an apprenticeship in an area such as Business Administration or Customer Service. It will help you gain an insight into business and related industries. There are close links with the local business and retail community, and the course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to work in the 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 learners 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 environment to learn these skills. The retail industry is the largest employer, and a third of all consumer spending is within retail. The total value of the UK retail sales is over £360 billion a year.

What are the entry requirements?

This is a progression course for any Level 1 students who have gained a Merit and wish to develop further in business. It is also possible to enrol on this course with alternative post-16 qualifications. You will require four GCSEs at grade A*-D (9-3) including English and maths, or an appropriate Functional Skill Level 2, 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, the majority assessed by coursework assignments, practical role-plays and observations. There are also two externally set exams. A selection of the 12 unit titles include: Sales and Selling, Customer Service, Finance, Marketing, Promoting a Brand, Enterprise and Recruitment and Selection. The Level 2 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 MM would be required to progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Business course. You would also need to attend all lessons, work hard at improving your English and maths skills, and take part in all activities. Meeting deadlines is also an important part of the assessment criteria to ensure good use of time management and organisational skills.

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 able to develop your skills at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done and the decision making process. 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 accurate numeracy skills are features of business finance. You will need to be able to complete a profit and loss account, understand break-even analysis and complete a cash flow forecast to improve your skills and help with finding a suitable career.

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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