BTEC Level 2 Certificate and Extended Certificate in Business

Overview

  • 16-18, Adults
  • 28 hours per week

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Business level 2

BTEC First Certificate in Business level 2

Details

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

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

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 2 Certificate and Extended Certificate in Business

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Is there additional work required by the student?

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

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Business

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

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 GCSEs at 3 (D) or above 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 3 (D) or above.

Mathematics level

You will be expected to have Maths GCSE at 3 (D) or above.

Support

Free Meals in FE

If you are aged between 16 and 18 on the 31st August 2018 and received free school meals when you were at school, you may be eligible to receive a free meal at College

Eligibility

To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support allowance( ESA)
  • Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit (provided your parents are not claiming Working tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMR&C
  • Working tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after a person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
Evidence
  • Evidence of family income being within the threshold of £16,190 per annum. This may be evidenced by presentation of a Tax Credit Award Notice or documentation from HMRC showing actual income for tax year 2017-18
  • Parent or nominated guardian’s evidence of Child Benefit & DWP Letter confirming receipt of a means tested benefit.

All applicants will be required to provide evidence dated within four months of the application, showing that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

Applications for Free meals in F.E.

A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or their parent/ guardian have made a successful application to City of Westminster College.

Exceptional age group for Free Meals in F.E.

Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2015 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Getting your meal at College

Students must attend their classes to continue to be eligible for free meals at College.

Students will be allocated £2.50 for each day they are timetabled to be in college. There is no cash alternative. Credits will be loaded onto the Student ID card. Students must have their College ID card to get their meal. Students cannot get a meal with temporary ID cards.

Credits not spent at the end of each day will be withdrawn.

Students are advised to purchase nutritious meals. The credits cannot be spent on items such as: cookies, cakes, fizzy drinks or confectionary.

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 2018. 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 2018 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:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 2 course for the first time.
  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 3 course for the first time.
  • If you are in receipt of a means tested benefit  or on a low income you maybe entitled to fee remission/concessionary rates.

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.

Childcare

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 https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn 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 learner.services@cwc.ac.uk 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