The Business Extended Certificate is designed to build your knowledge of this industry whilst improving your English or maths qualifications. During this one-year study programme, you will learn how to develop a marketing campaign, manage events, explore the business world and gain an overview of personal and business finance. Study a wide range of business subjects to open up your opportunities in employment and education.
If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.
What You'll Learn
During the course, you will study a total of four units including business, developing a marketing plan and personal and business finance. The skills and knowledge you will gain from this course will help you progress onto the BTEC level 3 business diploma, enter the workplace or start an apprenticeship.
Standard entry to this course requires references, 95% attendance at your last place of work or study, and four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths (or Functional Skills). A minimum of grade 4/5 for maths would be an advantage due to course content.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who hold equivalent English and maths qualifications.
How you will be assessed
There are a variety of assessment methods which include report writing, exams, PowerPoint presentations, discussions, live projects, and role-play assessment.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
Tuition Fees (19+): £1987.00
The course will involve induction activities and a number of course-related external visits for which a fee is incurred.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.
Course and Career progression
Upon completion of this course, you can continue to study with us on a BTEC level 3 diploma. This course will give you further insight and knowledge on business-related topics that can then be further pursued at either university or within the world of work. Alternatively, you may decide to pursue an apprenticeship or employment.
What Happens Next
Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.