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Business - Level 2 Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Build your knowledge and understanding of organisations in the business environment with the Diploma in Business. By covering a range of business-related topics you can start a career at a junior level in the public or private sector, or progress to further study.

On completing this course you will develop your personal and professional skills which would include time management, self-confidence, working under pressure, working to deadlines, group working, presenting information, problem-solving and personal values. 

Through subject content you will gain a good understanding of types of organisation and their operations in the national economy. Through career planning you will be prepared to enter employment or to progress to a Level 3 course.

Course content

The course consists of up to 12 units for a total of 60 credits of which four units are compulsory. These include: 

Business purposes 
Business organisations 
People in organisations 
Business enterprise 
The marketing plan 
Promoting and branding in retail 
Business online 
Financial forecasting for business 
Training and employment 
Consumer rights 

These units make up the qualification, which is equivalent to four GCSEs at grades C to A*. 

A mandatory requirement for all learners is the pursuit of functional skills. These provide English and Maths equivalent to GCSE C if successfully passed and allow progressing to the National Diploma if desired. 

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Level 2 programme will normally have: 

- at least 4 GCSEs at grade D or above and/or a completed Level 1 award. GCSEs to include English and maths at grade D or above or Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications 

- the willingness to study for an additional qualification in English and/or maths 

If you are interested in a Level 2 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us with your details.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an initial assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


Note that there are external tests to be taken for these. There are no examinations for the BTEC qualification as all assessment is coursework and assignment based. Some assessment may be multiple-choice under timed conditions. There are short multiple choice tests for the functional skills attainment. 

Teaching activities include extensive group work, and independent research using texts, the internet and external visits.

Future opportunities

You can progress to entry level workplace positions or further study and training on a Level 3 extended diploma course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPFDBUS


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