Course Title Business Challenge
Level: EL
Code V293

Overview of the Course

This is a one-year course for those with learning differences/disabilities to improve confidence and gain practical experience of running a small business. This will involve participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme, which includes setting up a business name, developing stock and attending external Young Enterprise events such as trade fairs and exhibitions outside of the regular college timetable.

What are the career opportunities?

Business Challenge is part of our Employment Pathway and provides the opportunity to gain work experience in the Smart Shop and the Smart Café. You can also participate in activities involved in running a small business, in particular holding a trade stand at internal and external venues. Further progression can lead to additional courses that focus on employment including Workability, Pre-Internship and Supported Internship.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is subject to interview and school/college reference, an EHCP (if applicable), initial assessments and you must be working at Entry Level. You should be interested in gaining work skills. Curriculum is tailored around the student group and individual outcomes.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

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

You will have the opportunity to achieve an NOCN Entry Level Certificate in Using Employability Skills. You will also take part in the Young Enterprise Scheme and gain a Young Enterprise Certificate of Achievement. You will study English and maths and dependent on individual assessment results, could gain a Functional Skills or Stepping Skills Qualification at an appropriate level. Possible units of study include: Carry out a practical activity in the workplace, Action planning to improve performance, Making a product, Using ICT skills in the workplace, Working with others, Decision making in the workplace, Dealing with problems at work. Assessment on the course is captured in a variety of ways including: Photographic evidence, Observation/witness statements, Some written work, Tutor statements.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will gain specific and transferable employability skills whilst on the course, these may include working as part of a team, handling stock, communicating with customers, presenting yourself and using money. You will also develop skills in solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of the course and you will be supported to work in the Smart Shop or Smart Café and attend trade fairs, enabling you to gain the necessary and required employment skills sought after by employers.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Alongside external visits planned as part of the curriculum, you will have the opportunity to take part in drama, youth club and sport enrichment sessions. These sessions are optional.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There will be additional costs for visits and trips. You will take part in occasional external Young Enterprise events outside of the regular college timetable.

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