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Bridging Year BTEC Level 2 or BTEC Level 3: Business at Casterton College Rutland

Course description

Level 2 - This unique programme is designed for students who want to develop their skills so that they can progress on to a full apprenticeship, a Level 3 vocational course, A levels or into work. It is a full time course based on development of essential skills for learning and for the workplace which provides recognised qualifications, work placements and lots of individual support to help you on the way. It is a complete full time package. You will take a Level 2 BTEC course alongside GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and/or English. In addition you will undertake a series of employability and study skills courses and qualifications to help you progress in future with studies or within the workplace. Students on this programme undertake a number of work placements throughout the one year course.

Level 3 – The full BTEC National Extended Diploma is a full time course equivalent to 3 A levels. It consists of approximately 18 different units over a 2 year programme. For some students, particularly those who need to retake a Maths and English GCSE our smaller Level 3 or bridging year plus programme allows students to study a smaller number of units at Level 3 in year one alongside their GCSE courses. At the end of year one students may progress on to the full Extended Diploma programme. Students can choos from Business, Children’s Play, Learning and Development, Health and Social Care and Sport. Level 3 BTECs are assessed through coursework rather than exams but you will need to be prepared for plenty of independent research and extensive private study an have good IT skills to be successful on these courses.

Course content

This is an exciting time to prepare for a career in business and to get a better understanding of business whilst gaining a valuable qualification which can take you on to the next level of study or university. All employers are looking for people with good communication and IT skills and these are integral to the course and valuable whatever career path you take. As a specialist business and enterprise college this is the place to develop these skills.

Your work placements can be arranged in areas of your interest such as sales, marketing, retail, administration, distribution, production, finance etc. to ensure your learning meets your specific needs and interests. Business is available at Level 2 and Level 3.

Entry requirements

Level 2 – 5 GCSEs grades A*-E

Level 3 – 6 A*-C with English and Maths

Future opportunities

Many students progress on to university but these courses also offer excellent routes to Higher Level Apprenticeships and give a good grounding for employment in your chosen sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Casterton College Rutland directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year Level 2, 2 years Level 3