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Business at Dudley Sixth

Course description

This course encourages learners to develop an enthusiasm for studying business and gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts. Learners will develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants. There will also be opportunities to generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues. There will be a focus on investigating different types and sizes of organisations, drawing on local, national and global contexts.

Course content

Component 1- Business Opportunities and Functions

This component focuses on new business start-ups and small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The content in this section is based around the concept of starting a new business and the issues that surround the process of planning a new business. In addition to covering the main concepts of setting up a new business, learners should be aware of other types of business organisations, the markets in which they operate and their various stakeholders. Learners need to understand that, in order to succeed in a competitive market, all businesses have to consider the core functions of business (these topics are introduced in the first year of the subject).

Component 2- Business Analysis and Strategy

This component builds on the theory introduced in Component 1. As the title suggests, the emphasis in this component is on understanding and using analytical techniques and developing appropriate business strategies. Learners need to understand, construct and analyse a range of decision-making models and investment appraisal methods used by businesses to decide on their strategy. Learners need to develop analytical skills to investigate business opportunities and problems in a number of different contexts and evaluate a range of quantitative and qualitative data to suggest possible strategic responses from businesses (these topics are introduced in the first year of the subject).

Entry requirements

You will require a grade 6 in maths and grade 6 in English language, in addition to the general entry requirements.


Written examinations.

Financial information

Studying at Dudley Sixth is free of charge, but if other costs are a barrier to you studying with us, we aim to help you to access financial support. Examples of support that could be available include:

Bursary fund

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply for help with college related costs to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. More information about the 16-18 Bursary can be found at the website: or call 01384 363 555.

Care to Learn

Students aged under 20 needing help with childcare may be eligible for help with costs. More information is available from or call 0300 303 8610.

Free meals

The government has introduced a new scheme to provide free meals for eligible learners in Further Education. The purpose of this new scheme is to enable students who claim benefits or live with parents/guardians who claim benefits to access a healthy meal whilst at college without the cost becoming a burden. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Learner support fund

If you're 19 before you finish your studies then help is available through the Learner Support Fund (19+) which provides means-tested grants to help students aged 19+ with any additional costs of studying. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Free Bus Pass

If you are 16-18, and a student of Dudley Sixth, you will be eligible* for a free bus pass, as long as you live one mile away or further from where we are based, and are not already in receipt of other financial support.

*Students with disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help.

If you have costs other than those mentioned here, which make it difficult for you to start or complete a course, you should still apply for help.

Future opportunities

Higher education to study business orientated programmes to include accountancy, enterprise, business and management.

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: 09 February 2017
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