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Business, BTEC Extended Diploma
Why pick business?
Business and management is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Bristol and Somerset area.
The skills you develop are all transferable and will assist in your future employability, even if you are unsure what career path you want to take.
Our long-term industry links are widespread, with connections to employers in law, finance, marketing, the government and more giving us an established track record of progression for you.
What will I do on this course?
This Level 3 Business course will develop your business acumen and provide you with the skills required in a variety of roles in the sector.
You’ll cover a range of topics, including:
- starting up a small business
- recruitment and selection
- human resource management
- events management
- international business
- customer services
- digital marketing
- creative product promotion
- visual merchandising
The course includes a variety of trip opportunities, including local and national trips but also foreign visits where there is sufficient demand. Previous foreign residentials have included New York and San Francisco.
As part of this study programme you will develop your maths and English skills, attend tutorials and Individual Development (ID) or Future Academy.
You will also complete a work placement or extended industry placement which will give you an opportunity to specialise in your preferred area of business. Previous years have seen learners engage with work placement locally, whilst some have spread their wings to work in places like Manchester and London. Work experience or industry placement opportunities can include local law or finance firms, or allow you to develop your skills in sales, recruitment, marketing or something even more specific.
All aspects of your study programme, including the differences between a work experience and industry placement will be discussed at your interview.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through practical observations, group work, presentations, coursework and examinations, although exams are only in a small number of units.
What could I do after this course?
This course could lead to a variety of jobs in the business sector. You could also enhance your skills by progressing to the degree in Business with Management at University Centre Weston.
Who is the awarding body?
Five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including maths OR English, or a Level 2 course at merit or distinction.
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What our students say
Bella Febry, Business Studies
“It was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It will definitely help my future career prospects."
Former school: Priory
Work Experience: Bella completed her work experience with international oil and gas company 'OiLSERV' in Dubai. During this Bella gained skills in HR, finance, IT, law, marketing, sales and project delivery.
Course: Business Studies
What next? After being awarded Work Experience Student of the Year, Bella aims to get a distinction star and then take a gap year before going to university.