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Vocational Studies (Business Administration, Retail & ICT) BTEC Level 1 Extended Certificate at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The course aims to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to begin to explore career opportunities within the business administration and retail sector. You will gain a qualification that enables progression onto a level 2 programme and will also help you to develop personal skills, which can be used in all forms of employment. The course also focuses on improving skills in maths, English and IT.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will need a grade D at GCSE or and Entry Level 3 Diploma/ Certificate in a relevant subject and be aged between 16 and 23 years old before the start of the course.


You must pass all the units to gain the Extended Certificate. To pass each unit you will produce a portfolio of evidence including a range of written assignment work, presentations, project work, group work and practical-based assessments.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Have a look at our prospectus and read our success stories. Having successfully completed this course you could progress to a Level 2 qualification in business admin or ICT, you may decide to go on to do other further education courses. If you feel that you have the ability to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in the retail or business sector then this is the course for you. Please complete an application form and begin your journey of success with Newcastle-under-Lyme College.

Further information

Additional learning opportunities include visits to local travel agents. Guest speakers from the industry will be coming in to classes to give advice on career opportunities within travel and tourism and to answer questions on working in the industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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