Course Overview

The course will provide you with inspiration and enthusiasm for a career in business. By studying a broad range of business related subjects, you will be equipped to pursue a career path in disciplines such as marketing, finance, sales, retail or recruitment etc. You will be given the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of each discipline within the business sector. Upon successful completion of the course, you will have a number of progression opportunities available including: Level 3 Business related courses; apprenticeships; NVQs and employment within a wide range of junior/assistant job roles across the business sector.

Course Structure

The course is based on a Programme of Study, which consists of: the vocational qualification itself; Mathematics and English; a tutorial programme and enrichment.


The vocational qualification structure is built on Core, Mandatory and Optional Specialist Units with a total of eight Units undertaken. Two Units require assessment to be taken under examination conditions and will be externally assessed by the awarding body.

Core Units:

  • Enterprise in the Business World
  • Finance for Business (externally assessed)


Mandatory Unit:

  • Principles of Marketing


Optional Units:

  • Principles of Customer Service
  • Sales and Personal Selling
  • Recruitment, Selection and Employment
  • Building Successful Business Teams
  • Financial Planning and Forecasting

Entry Requirements

Three GCSEs at a minimum of Grade D/3 including English and Mathematics.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How Will I Learn?

  • Following verbal and written guidelines from tutors
  • Case Studies
  • Using course materials and notes
  • Flipped learning via Moodle (virtual learning environment)
  • Writing reports and assignments
  • Creating and delivering presentations
  • Class workshops
  • Taking part in group work and discussions

Skills You Will Develop

  • Technical skills including knowledge and understanding of work in a particular sector eg Finance
  • Employability skills ie self-management; teamworking; business awareness; customer awareness; problem solving; communication; basic Literacy and Numeracy; positive attitude to work and the use of IT
  • Research and study skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Independent learning


  • Visiting speakers from the industry
  • Using Mathematics and English
  • Participation in enrichment activities eg visits, trips, departmental and college events
  • Tutorial programme -  including individual learning planning and a wide range of tutorial topics such as – healthy living and e-safety

Expect Also To

  • Use the Internet to obtain information for your course
  • Use word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software
  • Use the computer during classes and to produce your assignment work

How You Will Be Assessed

  • External examinations  ie one online examination and one written examination
  • Assignment work which could include: group work; oral presentations; written reports/tasks
  • Group work
  • Tests

Things You May Need


  • Stationery
  • Calculator
  • Access to a computer and/or other mobile technology
  • Textbook
  • Expenses for trips and visits

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088214.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Tel: 01274 088214
Email: [email protected].