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Level 2

Business BTEC Level 2 First Certificate


This qualification has been developed to inspire students to learn about business and develop the skills that employers are looking for from the best applicants.
There are several units which prepare students for a career in a range of business sectors, including retail.
The course is made up of 8 units in total with both Mandatory and Optional Units.
Mandatory Units:
Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World: Using examples from local, national and international business students will learn what makes an enterprise successful, and create a business model for a business start-up.(This unit is internally assessed by coursework)

Unit 2 – Finance for Business: In this unit students will learn about profit and loss and the tools of the business world that are utilised to ensure businesses survive and grow. (This unit is assessed externally with an on-line exam)

Unit 9 – Principles of Marketing: Marketing is key in the business world. In this unit students will learn what effective marketing is and the strategies that businesses use to work out their target market and then market effectively. (This unit is assessed by an external written exam -; 90 minutes)
Optional Units (all units are internally assessed):
Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand: Students will explore the use of branding and how it is incorporated into the different methods of promotion, concluding with the planning of a promotional campaign for a brand aimed at a target market.
Unit 6 – Introducing Retail Business: Students will explore how the retail industry has developed in the UK. Students will also investigate the scale, organisation and recent trends in retail industry along with other factors that affect the sector. Students will then research the various job roles in retail operations and available routes.

Unit 7 – Providing Business Support: Students will understand the purpose of business support in businesses and how to use office equipment safely for different purposes. Students will also organise and provide support for business meetings.

Unit 8 – Recruitment, Selection and Employment: Students will learn about the recruitment process for specific posts, develop interview skills and put together a realistic personal career development plan.
Unit 10 – Using Business Documentation: Students will learn about different forms of communication and documentation used in business environments, both internally and externally. Opportunities to develop communication skills are a key part of this unit.
Students on this course also participate in work experience.
A range of teaching and learning styles are used during the course. Lessons include discussions, group work, role play, case studies, task- based learning, use of IT and DVDs.
1:1 support is available to all students.


Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language. Another written subject may be considered. GCSE maths would be preferred.

An interest in how businesses work. An understanding of how to work as an effective team member. An ability to meet deadlines and organise yourself.

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How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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