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. It will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of many different aspects of the business world. You will study a wide range of subject areas such as The Business Environment, Business Resources, Introduction to Marketing, Business Accounting, Personal and Business Finance, Managing an Event, International Business, Principles of management, Business Decision Making etc.
All students will be placed on the 90 credit Diploma in year 1. Upon successful completion of year 1, students can progress to year 2 to gain the full Extended Diploma. The study programme will include study skills where you will complete modules such as Word and Excel to gain the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) qualification. 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.
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 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.
From this course you could progress onto a Foundation or BA degree course at university. Alternatively, you may wish to study a Higher National Diploma in Business or Hospitality at the college or at a university. If you wish to go into employment, this course is a good basis from which to apply for an internship, Level 3 apprenticeship or entry job at a large company. Some students have also started their own businesses having completed a Level 3 Business course.
You will learn in dedicated classrooms using IT based equipment. You will also gain exposure to business organisations through external visits, guest speakers and attending business exhibitions. You will also have the opportunity to apply to take part in additional enrichment programmes such as Young Enterprise.
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.