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Course Code: BDF
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Course type: Full-time
  • Duration: One year
  • Time of day: Daytime

What's it all about?

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Whatever your business aspirations, whether you would like to run your own enterprise, work for a multi-national, or help a small business to grow, this study programme will uncover business techniques to help you on your way. It will be project-led, where you can evidence your learning and skills through running your own team enterprise and visiting Plymouth businesses. This study programme is a great hands-on year for young people who would like to improve their GCSE grades to help them move on to an apprenticeship or a higher level course. The OCR Diploma will give you some major insights into business from a real perspective. We don?t stick to textbooks, we get out and meet businesses from all over the City, to help you understand the types of companies and jobs available in Plymouth. The Diploma is assessed through project work from your business visits, case studies, discussions on your findings and some presentations. There are no exams on this Diploma, we assess you as you learn. We have integrated the units so you can use what you learn in one area to give you evidence of learning for another unit! We have a strong enterprise record in the business team too, so we give you employability skills from a range of activities including local and national competitions, creating events and raising money for charity. Getting involved in enterprise will also help your maths and English skills, to make you ready for work or the next level course.

Course information

You will study the following:

  • starting your own business
  • developing customer relations
  • personal and business finance
  • career planning
  • people in organisations
  • providing business and administration support.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.

In our experience in order to be successful on this level of course you will need one of the following:

  • four GCSEs at grades 3-1 (D-F) (including English and maths)
  • a BTEC foundation diploma in a related subject
  • an NVQ level 1/technical certificate in a related subject
  • successful completion of the Jumpstart programme
  • successful completion of the PLP/Prince’s Trust programme
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

Course units will be internally assessed by assignment and projects. The functional skills qualifications develop your skills over the year and are achieved through one test at College.

On successful completion you may progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Business at the College, or directly into employment.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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