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BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Business and Administration

  • 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

This is a full time Level 1 Business qualification at pre-GCSE level.

It provides a good foundation in Business and a progression route into the Business course at level 2, for which the level 1 Diploma is required.

Outline of skills and knowledge

The BTEC Introductory Diploma is composed of individually assessed units selected from the list below:

  • Investigating Rights and Responsibilities at Work
  • Working in Business and Administration
  • Professional Behaviour in an Office Environment
  • Using Office Equipment in a Business Environment
  • Using a Computer in Business Administration
  • Managing Own Learning
  • Investigating Rights and Responsibilities at Work
  • Working in Business and Administration
  • Communicating Electronically
  • Making and Receiving Calls
  • Welcoming Visitors
  • Creating Business Documents
  • Recording Business Transactions
  • Supporting Business Meetings
  • Business Administration Group Project
  • Ideas for Small Business
  • Job Opportunities in Business Administration
  • Investigating Right and Responsibilities at Work
  • Preparing for Work Placement
  • Learning from Work Placement

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

Students who pass may progress onto a level 2 qualifications such as a level 2 Diploma in Business. 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?

Most of the units are assessed internally by means of assignments, which are based on practical "hands on" tasks taught in the context of real jobs and careers in the business sector. This gives you the chance to explore the opportunities offered in that sector, and to acquire appropriate vocational skills. All of the assignments are externally moderated by Edexcel and an overall grade of a Pass will be awarded upon completion of the course.

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

All assignments and assessment takes place within timetabled hours.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


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

You may have obtained a number of GCSEs at grades from E to G. However, acceptance onto the course will also depend on your demonstrating an acceptable level of competence in English language. You will also need a suitable reference from a teacher or employer. Students who have no formal qualifications will be assessed for entry by means of written tests in English and Maths. Support classes will be recommended for those students who need to improve their language or numeracy skills in order to benefit from the course.

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


English level

Entry 3

Mathematics level


Equipment and other costs

All equipment is provided by the College.

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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.