BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Business – St Albans


This one year course is designed for ages 16-19 and is an excellent starting point if you wish to pursue a career in business, retail, management, finance or accounting. It is a practical, work-related course and you will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

You will learn and practice professionalism, gain confidence and a clear understanding of the fundamentals of business, enabling you to progress your career in this sector.

The course is ideal if you wish to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the business sector. The content has been designed to give you opportunities to develop your transferable skills and it provides a platform for success within the business sector or elsewhere.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will cover a broad range of business related topics including:

Enterprise for Business – how trends and the current business environment may impacet a business
Finance for Business – understanding the costs involved and how businesses make a profit
Principles of Marketing – how businesses use market research to make marketing decisions
Using Business Documentation
Introducing Retail Business
Principles of Customer Service
Recruitment, Selection and Employment – job roles and functional areas of a business

Am I right for the course?

You will need to have a genuine interest in business and be able to work as part of a team. Regular attendance, good time-keeping and the successful completion of assignments to the prescribed deadline are essential to succeed on this course.

Three GCSEs at Grade 3/D or above or a BTEC Level 1 qualification

All learners at Oaklands College take part in an initial assessment in Maths and English. This helps us ensure that everyone reaches their full potential. During the course practical assignments are set which will test your knowledge and are used as evidence of achievement. The Diploma in Business, Level 2, is assessed by coursework, work related experience and two external examinations.

Alongside your course you’ll study English and maths and take part in work placements to develop your skills and confidence.

Oaklands has a team of experienced tutors who are dedicated to help you reach your potential. We have designed our pastoral and tutorial systems to support our students to success.

What Next?

This qualification provides a fantastic progression pathway into a number of roles within an organisation, which are transferable across all businesses. Alternatively you could progress on to a Level 3 qualification in Business or choose to move onto an apprenticeship.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

Experience what the future
has to offer at Oaklands College

Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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