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Business BTEC Level 3 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Business?

Our students learn a number of crucial skills designed to prepare them for the world of business - from accounting to marketing, and from law to retail.

Students are actively encouraged through the dedicated Work Placement Unit at Runshaw to identify work placement opportunities to enhance University and Employment applications.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in several enrichment opportunities, such as external visits and guest speaker presentations. Recent visits have included Alton Towers, British Aerospace, Paris, Belgium, Italy, Moscow, New York, Shanghai and Beijing. Guest speakers have included representatives from the English Legal System, Chamber of Commerce, TUC, Balfour Beatty, Conlons and Manchester United FC.

In addition, our college tutors themselves have run their own business(es) or managed in the private sector, providing authentic, first-hand experience of applying business in real life.

In 2018, 88% of students achieved High Grades, with 61% achieving D*D*D*. 23% of students then progressed on to sponsored degrees.

What will I study?

You will develop a real understanding of what is involved, both theoretically and practically, in becoming an effective business professional.

  • In Year 1 you will cover business functions and internal and external influences on businesses, including marketing, management of business resources, finance, leadership and teamwork, business communications and business ethics.
  • In Year 2 you will cover the learning of specialised subjects such as employment law, economics, project management, international business, internet and e-commerce, human resource management, retail and distribution and the English legal system.

Entry requirements

For access to our Advanced Vocational courses, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 4 equivalent (5 x Grade 4 or C). This should include Maths or English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, and no less than a 3 in the other.

Business does not have any specific additional requirements.


How is the course assessed?

Your assessment will vary greatly and reflect the types of communications used daily in business such as reports, presentations, debates, podcasts, meetings and also include practical involvement in activities such as market research and the managing of a business team event activity.

Many contemporary businesses are also linked to assigned scenarios used to allow you to demonstrate applying your knowledge in real business settings.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

You will have a mass of future opportunities available to you. You could choose to go on to university to study a wide variety of related topics such as Law, Project Management and Accounting, or alternatively you could enter the world of work and specialise in Marketing, Finance, Sales and Personnel sectors. Our students who choose to enter the world of work have engaged in numerous business opportunities, including the BAE Management Trainee Programme, Apprenticeships with Lancashire Police and a variety of accounting firms.

Where are you going?

  • Business Manager
  • HR Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Retail Manager

Further information

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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: 02 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: LVEDBUS

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