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Course overview

This course is designed to be studied alongside 2 A Levels and combines brilliantly with Economics, Law, Maths, English and Geography.

The Extended Certificate in Applied Business is for you if you are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarilty in business-related subjects.

It is designed to be taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning.

Units covered:

Exploring Business
Developing a Marketing Campaign
Personal and Business Finance
Recruitment and Selection Process

What else do I need to know?

Studying business provides an excellent general qualification for many careers. You will be able to use this multi faceted qualification to progress easily into Higher Education because universities recognise the independence of thought and critical awareness that business courses develop. Many employers appreciate the skills and knowledge that Business students will have gained during their studies. Having a business qualification will give you the ‘edge’ because you will have very relevant employability and transferable skills which employers are constantly looking for. In addition you will have studied the ‘key’ business disciplines which could then lead to a career in marketing, finance, operations management etc.

On a personal level, you will find that your awareness of business issues will enhance your understanding of the business and commercial environment. You will be actively encouraged to keep abreast of current and business related affairs.

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices.

How is it assessed?

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

You will gain nationally recognised qualfications accepted by employers and as an entry requirement in Higher Education. There are a wide range of undergraduate degrees available in business both locally and further afield. Business can be combined with many other subjects at degree level, for example management, law and/or accounting options. The sort of jobs business graduates go on to do are wide ranging including working in the numerous and dynamic financial and money markets such as banking, retail management, specialist business disciplines such as marketing, human resources, finance and of course teaching.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Mandi Marks, Head of Subject, by emailing: mandi.marks@nscg.ac.uk

Business & Professional Studies

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