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Business (Level 2)

This study programme will provide you with a solid basis for progression in a number of business pathways. It will provide you with a sound knowledge of fundamental business concepts, while also equipping you with essential business and study skills. The dynamic programme will also give you the opportunity to undertake work experience and organise College events. During the study programme you will be supported by an experience and highly qualified team who will bring the subject to life through practical application.


I studied Business at GCSE and, although I could have stayed on for sixth form, I knew I wanted to study the subject further, so I came to College. Other members of my family have also studied Business and I have ambitions of owning my own car dealership, so this is a good place to improve my skills and start working towards my goal.

My favourite parts of the study programme are where we get to work in a team and the Finance units, as I really enjoy maths. I have also enjoyed the Recruitment unit. I did my work experience at the Park Inn Hotel where I worked as a Receptionist. I gained lots of confidence putting my communication skills into practice and have since been offered a job there.

Our tutors are easy to talk to and very understanding. There is much more freedom at College compared to school and I use the student common room, YourSpace, at lunchtimes where we can play table tennis. I also go to the library for studying and using the computers.

After I finish the Level 2 I plan to either continue on to the Level 3 programme or find a Business apprenticeship.

George - Business Level 2

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you must have:

Duration: 1 Year

3 GCSEs at grades 9-3 ideally including English and maths OR Business at Level 1

Duration: 2 Years

3 GCSEs at grades 9-1 ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in business OR Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered 

Course content

During the study programme you will explore all the key functions of a business, including finance, human resources, customer service, economics, marketing and sales.

  • Subject units:
    • Enterprise in the business world
    • Principles of marketing
    • Finance for business

You will also study a variety of optional units chosen by the College including Principles of Customer Service, Introducing Retail Business, Recruitment, Selection and Employment, Building Successful Teams, Business Online, Sales and Personal Selling, Financial Planning and Forecasting, Providing Business Support, etc.

  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work placement and experience:
    for all students to apply business skills and to add value to their CVs. 
  • Various trips
    To a variety of businesses to observe business skills being applied in practice.
  • Guest speakers:
  • From local, national and international businesses. 
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications:  You will also have the opportunity to plan and run a small College event and a small project 

Assessment methods

2 exams in Principles of Marketing and finance for Business.

The remainder of the units are made up of internal assessments of practical and written assignments.


Business BTEC Level 2/1 First Extended Certificate


  • English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to Business BTEC Level 3 qualifications; you could also undertake employment or an Apprenticeship in a business-related role.

Additional information

The Business department has a strict dress code that aims to reflect the business environment. We feel that it is essential that students on our study programme learn this essential employability skill. In addition to the course fees you will also be required to pay £80 to cover the costs of books, enrichment activities and trips.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course Information & How to Apply

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1 year or 2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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