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Business BTEC Level 2 at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

Business affects everyone's daily lives from buying a burger in McDonalds, to chatting to friends on your mobile. The enormous impact the Internet has on the way we live and work, the growth in telecommunication and service industries and the decline in manufacturing, as well as the increasing importance of Europe and the rise in global markets, are all issues explored in the world of business.

Course content

This course provides an insight into how businesses operate; examining those involved in running a business, how they are organised and financed and the importance of effective business communication. You will also look at how to set up your own business.


The OCR Level 2 diploma is a practical, work-related course where the assessment is based on investigating real life businesses such as the highly competitive mobile phone industry, the innovative 'dot com' companies and the more traditional manufacturing sector. You will have to research different companies using a variety of methods, such as the Internet, or conducting interviews with business owners. You will be investigating a range of business issues such as supermarket price wars or the impact of e-commerce.

Entry requirements

You will need:

4 GCSEs at grade D including English and Maths at grade 3


Level 1 Diploma at Pass with GCSE English and Maths at grade 3 or equivalent Functional Skills


The units are internally assessed through assignments and project work that are set and marked by your teacher.

Financial information

There will be a charge of £30 for text books and other resources plus the cost of travel for visits. All students should have their own pocket calculator (prices are for 2015).

Future opportunities

If you gain a merit or distinction on this level 2 course and pass your GCSE retake, you can progress to the BTEC level 3 extended diploma in business here at college. If you do well on that course you could progress to university to study a business related degree. Once you have started working you might consider a work related foundation degree where you study part time, using the skills and evidence you have gained at work.


Alternatively you could use the level 3 extended diploma to progress within employment to professional qualifications such as those offered by the Association of Accounting Technicians, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants or the Institute of Personnel and Development. These are usually studied part time while you are working.


However some students choose to go straight to employment in the business sector. The level 2 diploma course develops skills that employers value highly, such as managing your time, working with others, communications and IT.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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