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.
This course is for you if you are planning a career in Business. As well as developing your knowledge and understanding of business in general, you will also have the opportunity to take part in work experience for a week which will enable you to develop your employability skills further.
You will have a personal progress tutor who will support you through the course.
Modules will cover a wide range of units such as marketing, business purposes and organisations, financial forecasting, personal selling, online business etc. Employability units will be built into your programme of study.
All learners will also get a chance to improve their literacy and numeracy to level 2, either with a programme of study that includes GCSE English and Maths, or Functional skills English and Maths.
This course will help you develop a range of job-related and personal skills to pursue an entry job role within the business industry such as an Apprentice, Office Administrator/Assistant, Retail Assistant or an entry level IT Assistant.
2-4 GCSEs grade A*-D (including Maths and English, or functional skills at Level 1 in Maths and English), or a BTEC Level 1 Diploma with level 1 Functional skills in Maths and English. Successful completion of internal assessment is also required.
The majority of the course will be assessed through coursework, with only the Functional Skills Mathematics and English, or GCSEs being assessed through controlled exams.
You will compile a portfolio of work which will be assessed by your teachers. You will be assessed via projects, presentations, case studies, interactive assessments, written assignments and in class assessments.
Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and you will receive an overall grade for the qualification.
From this qualification you could progress onto a Level 3 business course, Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeship or Team Leadership Course.
Alternatively you may wish to study another Level 2 vocational qualification in another subject area to complement this course.
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.