Business Level 2 Certificate

The course has been designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the business sector.

  • Level

    Level 3

  • Type

    Other

  • Study Mode

    Full-time

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Banbury and Bicester College

The Business Level 2 Extended Certificate is an integrated programme that introduces aspects of business development and finance and has a work experience with an external employer incorporated.

All assessment is by coursework and your tutor will give you regular feedback and support to help you achieve the best results.

You will study and gain qualifications in English and maths, the skills that are essential to progress in a business environment, either to the next level of study or in employment. This will also help you to complete your assessed course work. In addition the course includes a strong focus on developing your ICT skills.

Activate Learning also partnered with SOFEA in 2019 to launch a community larder that is run by Business Level 2 learners.

The community larder enables business students to learn and engage in a real life business and enhance many business aptitudes to prepare them for employment. The project also helps to develop many personal attributes.

Business Level 2 (Gateway to Level 3) consists of:

  • Introductory and technical skills – delivered through the BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Business
  • Contextualised English and Maths
  • Work experience and preparation
  • Pastoral support and personal development
  • Digital skills

Units:

  • Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World
  • Unit 2 – Finance for Business
  • Unit 4 – Principles of Customer Service
  • Unit 8 – Recruitment, Selection and Employment
  • Unit 9 – Principles of Marketing
  • Unit 11 – Building Successful Business Teams
  • Unit 18 – Small Business Planning

By engaging with SOFEA, Activate Learning is able to make a valuable contribution to the college and wider community whilst making an environmental impact!

The Business Level 2 Extended Certificate programme consists of up to 12 units for a total of 60 credits of which four units are compulsory.

These include:

  • business purposes
  • business organisations
  • people in organisations
  • business enterprise
  • the marketing plan
  • promoting and branding in retail
  • business online
  • financial forecasting for business
  • training and employment
  • consumer rights

The programme has been designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the business sector. It’s an integrated programme that introduces aspects of business development and finance and may have work experience incorporated.

You will study and gain qualifications in English and maths – the skills that are essential to progress in a business environment, either to the next level of study or in employment. This will also help you to complete your assessed course work. In addition the course includes a strong focus on developing your ICT skills.

This course develops technical and employability skills such as making presentations, working in groups and working individually. The core subjects are business purposes, business organisations, financial forecasting for business and people in organisations. Other key areas covered are personal finance, interpersonal skills and customer service. You will develop research skills, become a more independent learner and gain knowledge and understanding which will enable you to meet all kinds of challenges in your future career. You will start to take a case study approach to studying organisations.

After successful completion of this course, you could progress to a relevant Level 3 course, such as the Business BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary/ Extended Diplomas, or direct entry into employment in a business environment in a supervisory or trainee management post.

You will learn how to:

  • develop practical skills for business
  • develop and run projects
  • improve your confidence and communication skills
  • gain on-the-job skills through a work experience placement

Teaching activities include extensive group work, and independent research using texts, the internet and external visits.

Students have access to well-equipped IT suites and workshop facilities. You will have group and one-to-one tutorials, support to help you set and achieve individual targets and access to Careers Advisers to enable you to move on to your next step.

There are enrichment activities arranged for students on this programme to enable you to extend your learning beyond the classroom. These may include external trips, participation in enterprise activities, as well as group and teamwork activities.

All assessment is by coursework and your tutor will give you regular feedback and support to help you achieve the best results.

Some assessment may be multiple-choice under timed conditions. There are short multiple choice tests for the functional skills attainment.

The way the course is assessed means that you receive feedback on your progress throughout the course as you provide evidence of your achievement. This evidence is generated through a range of activities including assignment and project work, case studies, role play and presentations. Essential textbooks are available in the library but we advise you to purchase your own copy in order to get the most from your studies.

T-Level in Business and Administration, any other Level 3 course or apprenticeship

You will need four or more GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including English and Maths.
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  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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