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Business Extended Certificate Level 2 at New College Durham

Course description

This course aims to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in one of the many business disciplines, such as marketing, finance, sales, recruitment or retail.

It will give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the business sector across each discipline; support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic business course or an apprenticeship; give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the business sector such as Marketing Assistant, Business Administrator and Finance Assistant.

Course content

This course has core, mandatory and optional specialist units and gives learners the opportunity to present knowledge in a work-related context.

It also gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply skills in English and mathematics in naturally occurring, work-related contexts.


  • Enterprise
  • Marketing
  • Finance for Business
  • Developing Teamwork
  • Business Online
  • Supporting Business
  • Business Documents
  • Sales & Personal Selling
  • Customer Service
  • Promoting Brands
  • Introduction to Retail

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a GNVQ at Foundation Level in IT, Engineering or Business, or four GCSEs at grade D or above including English and Maths.  It is important that applicants have a substantial interest in IT.

Future opportunities

A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business provides students with a good preparation for employment and more advanced courses such as a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business.


Related careers
Chief executive or senior official This unit group includes those who head large enterprises and organisations. They plan, direct and co-ordinate, with directors and managers, the resources necessary for the various functions and specialist activities of these enterprises and organisations. The chief executives of hospitals will be classified in this unit group. Senior officials in national government direct the operations of government departments. Senior officials in local government participate in the implementation of local government policies and ensure that legal, statutory and other provisions concerning the running of a local authority are observed. Senior officials of special interest organisations ensure that legal, statutory and other regulations concerning the running of trade associations, employers’ associations, learned societies, trades unions, charitable organisations and similar bodies are observed. Chief executives and senior officials also act as representatives of the organisations concerned for the purposes of high level consultation and negotiation.
Purchasing manager or director Purchasing managers and directors (not retail) plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the purchasing functions of industrial, commercial, government organisations and public agencies to ensure cost-effectiveness.
Manager or proprietor in other services n.e.c. Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of managerial tasks in other service industries not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 125: Managers and Proprietors in Other Services.
Teaching or other educational professional n.e.c. Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of other education and teaching occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 231: Teaching and Educational Professionals.
Sales accounts or business development manager Sales accounts and business development managers plan, organise and undertake market research to meet the requirements of an organisation’s marketing and sales policies.
Customer service manager or supervisor Job holders in this unit group plan, organise and co-ordinate resources necessary for receiving and dealing with the responses, complaints or further requirements of purchasers and users of a product or service, and supervise customer service occupations.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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