This course is ideal if you have an interest in finding out how businesses are set up and how they function. If you are keen to develop problem solving and critical analysis skills by investigating different business organisations and study an area that will be relevant to you in the future, then this course is perfect for you. It can help you progress onto higher education, gain employment or even to start your own business.
What do you need to apply for the course?
You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above which should include a grade 6 or above in English or Maths.
What are the key things you’ll learn?
The key units you’ll cover on this course are:
- What is business?
- Managers, leadership and decision making
- Decision making to improve marketing performance
- Decision making to improve operational performance
- Decision making to improve financial performance
- Decision making to improve human resource performance
- Analysing the strategic position of a business
- Choosing strategic direction
- Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
- Managing strategic change
As well as in-depth academic knowledge, your lecturers have practical industry experience and are on hand to help you, not only during lessons, but with regular feedback and support. Your course will give you the opportunity to study real-life organisations as well as academic theory.
How you will learn
Formal assessment is through exams in May/June with regular on-going assessment of assignments and essays throughout the year.
Where could this course take you?
On successful completion of the qualification you can progress onto Higher Education, studying as an undergraduate with the College or at university. Previous students have gone on to study Business Management, International Business, Marketing, Accounting and Law.
You could also go straight into work in a role in human resources; HR assistant starting salaries are around £19,000 a year. You could work in a marketing role such as a media buyer, digital marketer or in PR.