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

Overview of the Course

The 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 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 cursomer service industries.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Administritive Office Clerk
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Marketing Professional
  • Business Owner
  • Manager
  • Entrepreneur

What are the entry requirements?

Four GCSE grades 9-3 (A* - D) including maths and English or an appropriate Funcational Skills Level 2

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

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Business and Finance students have previously secured high quality work experience placements at:

  • Estate Agents
  • Banks
  • Local Authorities
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Law firms
  • Accounting firms
  • Retail sectors
  • Charities


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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