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BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £1,896*
  • Duration of course 36 weeks
  • Course type Full-time (16-18s)
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business will develop and recognise your skills, knowledge and understanding of business functions, environments and operations in a practical way that is relevant to today’s work environment.

In order for you to achieve the Diploma in Business you are required to accumulate a total of 60 credits. This consists of four mandatory units (20 credits) and a range of optional units (40 credits).

Outline of skills and knowledge

Mandatory units

  • Business Purposes
  • Business organisations
  • Financial Forecasting for Business
  • People in Organisation Other units will be selected from the following list;
  • Using Office Equipment
  • Providing Business Support
  • Verbal and Non-verbal Communication in Business Contexts
  • Training and Employment in Business
  • Personal Selling in Business
  • Customer Relations in Business
  • Business Online
  • Business Enterprise
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Working in Business Teams
  • The Marketing Plan
  • Managing Personal Finances
  • Promoting and Branding in Retail Business
  • Visual Merchandising and Display Techniques for Retail Business
  • Business Improvement Tools and Techniques
  • Enterprise in the Workplace
  • Sourcing and Buying in the Supply Chain

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Students who gain merit/distinction grades may progress onto a level 3 qualifications such as the Level 3 Diploma or L3 Extended Diploma. Students would also be able to gain entry to employment at an appropriate level within business.

How will I learn?

Through a combination of theory and practical work for e.g. organising events or setting up a small business.

How will I be assessed?

In order to pass an assignment you will need to produce evidence, this is proof that you have met the requirements of the unit. All units are broken down in exactly the same way. Every unit is introduced with a learning outcome, which describes what you will achieve while completing the unit. Assessment objectives describe what you are required to do in order to achieve the learning outcome. You must achieve every assessment objective in the unit.

You are able to achieve a Pass (5 points), Merit (6 points) or Distinction (7 points) for each unit. In order to calculate your overall grade you will need the following points:

  • Merit – 340 – 379
  • Distinction – 380 –399
  • Distinction* - 400 and above

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

4-5 hours of self directed study is expected for students to succeed on this course.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

Students will generally be aged between 16 to 18 and have a minimum 4 D’s at GCSE or a qualification at level 1.

Applicants will be interviewed by a Business tutor, to assess their suitability for the course. As part of the interview your reference will be considered and you will be asked questions about your previous qualifications, experiences and interests in the industry. If you already have any qualifications or school/college reports, please bring them to your interview.

Expected prior knowledge

 You do not need to have studied business before but an interest in the subject is important

English level

You will be expected to have English GCSE at grade D or equivalent

Mathematics level

You will be expected to have Maths GCSE at grade D or equivalent

Equipment and other costs

 There is no equipment required for this course but you will be expected to buy a textbook recommended by your tutor

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* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.