Business
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.


About this course

The qualification has been developed in partnership with the National Enterprise Academy (NEA), in consultation with entrepreneurs and business people, experienced teachers and learners. This is an exciting course that will offer learners the opportunity to start up and run a fully functioning legal business to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The course will require learners to focus on their own self development through the start-up process as well as interact with entrepreneurs and business people throughout the course of their study.

The specification is designed for learners aged 16-19 who wish to know how to start up a business or social enterprise. Therefore, the mandatory units of the qualification reflect the essential aspects of starting and running a business. Optional units provide choice for specialisms in areas that will augment learners’ understanding of enterprise.

Learners will be required to start up and run a business during the course (please note this could be a social enterprise instead of a profit-making business if preferred).

Units will include some of the following and more: The Innovative Entrepreneur, Business Planning and Pitching, Financial Planning and Implementation, Launching your Business Vision, Leadership and Teamwork.

As part of your study programme you will also have the opportunity to complete a week of work experience.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade A* - C (including Maths & English); or Functional or Key Skills awards at Level 2; or BTEC Level 2 Diploma (minimum Merit grade achieved). Successful completion of internal assessment is also required.

International students need to have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (min 5.0 in Reading and Writing). Good attendance and punctuality on previous courses either at the college or at a previous school or college.

Assessment Method

Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote and enhance creativity, analytical thinking, research skills and effective communication skills. You will be assessed through project work, written assignments, in class tests, presentations and observations. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and you will receive an overall grade for the qualification.

Progression Opportunities

You will need to pass all 9 units in Year 1 and have a satisfactory reference in the first year in order to progress to year 2 for the Diploma/Extended Diploma.

Many learners will study for this qualification with a view to setting up their own business or perhaps seeking employment within a recent start-up company. Others might seek to specialise further by progressing onto a relevant degree in the specific sector theyre interested in, and for those learners the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Study Methods

You will learn in dedicated classrooms using IT based equipment. You will have up to 16 hours of timetabled classes each week including a group tutorial with your personal tutor, who will support and encourage you throughout the duration of the course.

You will also gain exposure to business organisations through external visits, guest speakers and attending business exhibitions. You will also be offered the opportunity to take part in enrichment programmes.

The College offers tutorial and welfare services to provide support and guidance whenever it is needed. The Colleges Learning Resource Centre provides excellent facilities for private study and includes access to computers, an extensive library and quiet study areas.

Mode of attendance: three four days a week. You will also have to complete some independent work. As part of the course, employer visits and guest speakers will be arranged to enhance and contextualise your learning.

This course is offered at Hammersmith & Fulham college.

Enrolment

We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times. www.wlc.ac.uk/enrol