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Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (Peter Jones Enterprise Programme) - BTEC Level 3 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

The course is taught with an exciting mix of classroom based activities, trips and guest speakers. We'll teach you to manage the day-to-day challenges of setting up and running a business such as business planning and pitching, financial planning and implementation and future business growth and performance analysis.
You will have the opportunity to run your very own micro business for a 4 month period, some of the assignments on the course are based around your own business, which will help you gain the skills and experience for managing a business. As well as running your business you will have a substantial work placement which is tailored to your specific interests that have been covered on the course, where you will be given a project to manage and will develop your employability skills. All units are assessed through assignment work and are graded pass, merit and distinction.

Course content


Examples of the units covered include:

The Innovative Entrepreneur - How entrepreneurs create new ideas and turn those ideas into a business. You will carry out a variety of ideas generation sessions to help develop your own idea which you will turn into a real life micro business. You will run your very own business for a period of 4 month.

Business Planning and Pitching - You will develop a professionally presented business plan for your own real life micro business.

Financial Planning & Implementation - You will gain skills and knowledge to prepare and use simple budgets and accounts for your very own micro business.

Financial planning and implementation – Students will gain skills and knowledge to prepare and use simple business budgets and accounts, and to explore sources of funding based on their very own microbusiness.


Entry requirements

The course is open to students ages 16 and over. Candidates must have achieved a minimum of four GCSE grades A* to C including Maths and English.


All units are internally assessed. Assessment methods includes written assignments, reflection on own practice in real work situations. All units are graded pass, merit and distinction.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

The course equips you with the skills and confidence that can allow you to continue to run or set up your own business. It can also give you the opportunity to progress into university on a foundation or full honours degree programme in business or enterprise related area. You will also have the option to move into employment or a higher apprenticeship.

Further information

Following successful completion of the course you can continue to run your own business or move into employment. You could also progress into higher education on a foundation or full honours degree programme in a business or enterprise related area.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Durham College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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