This full time course is an introduction to business which will equip you with work-related, practical skills to get your foot on the ladder. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

From small, single-owner enterprises to large multinational organisations, the impact of businesses is far reaching. They provide goods and services, create jobs and growth in the economy, as well as creating new opportunities through skill development and innovation.

This course enables you to focus on specific areas including finance, human resources, and marketing. They are an ideal foundation for you to enter the workplace or progress to further education, providing you with a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace.

Successful completion of this course can progress to the full-time Level 3 course in Business which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

Example units include:

  • Business purposes - This unit will introduce students to the main features, characteristics and purposes of business.
  • Business organisations - Students will learn about the various types of business, functional areas, and long-term and short-term aims.
  • Financial forecasting for business - Students will explore the principles of finance, classification of costs, and how to forecast financial activity.
  • People in organisations - In this unit students will consider the skills needed in business, the recruitment process and organisational structures.
  • The marketing plan - Students will gain an understanding of the 4Ps of marketing, how to create an online marketing plan and develop promotional activities.
  • Verbal and non-verbal communications in business contexts - Students will learn about the importance of verbal and non-verbal communications, and how to use verbal communications in a number of business contexts. They will also have the opportunity to practise different styles.
  • Business communication through documentation - Students will consider why written documents are important in business, the different audiences and stakeholders. They will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to a number of scenarios.

Course specific entry requirements

  • Highly skilled teaching staff with industry experience
  • Innovative teaching and techniques
  • Course content tailored to leading requirements of top academics
  • Visiting Alumni from industry
  • Mock Assessment Centre preparation
  • Careers talks in Accounting (Ernst and Young) and Investment Challenge (Economics)
  • Young Enterprise Programme developing entrepreneurial skills
  • Trips to universities

This course provides you with the opportunity to progress on to a full-time level 3 course at Ashton Sixth Form College, including the full-time level 3 course in Business.

Course Key Details

Course Type : Level 2 Diploma
Exam Board : OCR
Pass Rate : 100%
Assessment : Mix of internal and external

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