BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Business and Administration


  • 16-18, Adults
  • 28 hours per week


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.

Equipment and other costs

All equipment is provided by the College.

For further information and to apply

If you need help before choosing your course, please contact our Information Centre or come along to one of our Open Days.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Business and Administration

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Is there additional work required by the student?

All assignments and assessment takes place within timetabled hours.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?


Awarding Body

Edexcel logo

Entry Requirements

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 1-2 (E-G) or above. 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

GCSE E-G/1-2 or Entry 3 Functional Skills

Mathematics level

GCSE E-G/1-2 or Entry 3 Functional Skills


Free Meals in FE

If you are aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2023 and received free school meals when you were at school, you may be eligible to receive a free meal at College. For more information on free school meals, click here.

Further Education Fees

All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2023. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2023 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.

How much will my course cost?

The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 19+ or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.

Fee remission/concessionary rates

Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:

  • Entry to Level 1 courses may be free for 19-23 year olds who do not already have a full Level 2 or above qualification*
  • Entry to Level 1 courses may be free for 24+ year olds who are unemployed or meet low wage criteria
  • Full Level 2 courses may be free for 19-23 year olds who do not already have a full Level 2 or above qualification*
  • Full Level 2 courses may be free or 24+ year olds who are unemployed or meet low wage criteria
  • Full Level 3 courses may be free for 19-23 year olds who do not already have a full L3 or above qualification*. 

For more information on fees and remission click here.

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial support towards tuition fees from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund. 

For further information click here.


Financial support to help with childcare

Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20

If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn. 

Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study.  Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.

For further details and help with making an application please visit or speak to a Student Advisor.

Childcare support for people aged 20+

Financial support towards the cost of nursery, childminder, breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.

You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.

It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  or in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling

Financial eligibility:

 You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:

  • on a low income / a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

When looking for childcare please be aware:

  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered
  • any 2+ or 3+ government funding must be used by the student. Only additional hours needed for study will be funded by the College.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • students on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • childcare places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.

All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.

Email to put your name on the childcare waiting list.  You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.

Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

For further information click here.

For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here