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Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship BTEC 90 Credit Diploma (Peter Jones Enterprise Academy) level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

This is a two year study programme which will help you develop your enterprise skills as you will set up and run your own business either hypothetically or for real. We will teach you to manage the day-to-day but tricky challenges of business, such as: Pitching for investment; Leadership and team-building; Setting up a pop up shop trading in your business idea; Customer communication and Financial control. You will also be expected to complete a work experience placement as part of your programme and study English and maths depending on qualifications already gained.

Course content

The course begins with team building activities, including a trip to the Outdoor Pursuits Centre and an observation of 3 entrepreneurs who talk about different aspects of their business. You will then be involved in writing your business plan, preparing to present your pitch to mentors and investors just before you begin running your own businesses. The remainder of the course focuses on operating and monitoring the performance of your business and you will have the chance to work as an intrapreneur within a business as part of your 2 week work experience. You will also benefit from understanding how to buy and sell through one week pop up trading. The course benefits from business engagement and enterprise themed activities and event such as inspirational guest talks, master classes and competitions. Mark Watts, Director of VIP Leisure Travel says "It is clear that the course provides an excellent grounding in the core skills required in business today". In the second year you will study units on how to organise a business event, career development, understanding what social enterprises are and relationship marketing. You will have access to guest speakers, enterprise competitions and trips and you will continue to build on your leadership and communication skills gained in the first year. By the end of the 2 years you will have built a strong portfolio of enterprise engagement and interpersonal skills ideal for University, employment or apprenticeships.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required or a full level 2 qualification at a merit grade. In some circumstances we will accept four GCSEs at grade 4/5 (C) if there were additional skills to support your application. Ideally you must come with a basic business idea, however if you don't then we can help you come up with one during your first two weeks of term. Please note that it may be necessary for you to continue studying maths and English through either GCSE re-takes or Functional Skills, dependent on individual needs and qualifications already gained.


There are a variety of assessment methods which are used such as live projects, report writing, business plans, creating displays/pop-up shops and PowerPoint presentations.

Financial information

Material fee £40.00. There will be a number of trips to business festivals and trade fairs during the course along with visiting speakers which will necessitate an extra fee.

Future opportunities

By the end of the 2 years you will have built a strong portfolio of enterprise engagement and interpersonal skills ideal for University, employment or apprenticeships. Therefore upon successful completion of the course you could either set up or continue to run your own business or apply through UCAS for a range of University courses. Options in the Business Department at Leicester College include the Higher National Diploma in Business Management or the Foundation Degree in Tourism and Events Management. Alternatively you may decide to apply for a higher level apprenticeships or gain employment.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 September 2017
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