Business First Diploma

Entry Requirements:
A range of 3/2 or D-E grades. Students who do not have English and Maths at grade C/4 or above will be required to take a qualification in these alongside.

Why Should You Take This Course?
This course is ideal for students who prefer coursework to exams and have a genuine interest in Business. You will gain a good grounding in the basics of running a real business which can be applied straight to a job opportunity or will give you the foundations required to continue studying.

Course content
This is a one year course and is equivalent to 5 GCSE's. You must be willing and able to write coursework assignments.
During the course you will study a wide range of units, there are 3 mandatory units.
These are:
Enterprise in the Business World
Finance for Business
Small Business Planning
The remaining qualification is achieved through studying a choice of units selected from a further 32 units.
We will work closely with a group of eight local businesses to provide you with the opportunity to experience real business in a variety of different fields. From this short work experience placement, you will be able to develop skills that you can use in the future. This placement will be assessed though a portfolio which will go towards your overall grade.
How will I be assessed?
You will produce a portfolio of coursework for each unit which will be assessed by your tutors as you go along and then verified by the external exam board, Edexcel. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of activities including assignment and project work; case studies; workplace assessment; role play and oral presentation. There are two short exams on this qualification.
Are there any special expenses?
We do take students on trips to various businesses to give them the opportunity of seeing business in action.
What could I do next?
Successful completion of this course would allow progression onto advanced level courses such as BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business at Merit level. Anyone who wishes to pursue a career in business would find this an extremely useful qualification.

How to apply for this course

2018-2019 ENTRY: Apply for this course by completing an online form
2018-2019 ENTRY: Download an Application Form to fill in and post