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Business OCR Diploma Level 2 at Bolton College

Course description

Study programme overview

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

This course has been designed to introduce you to the world of business, studying pathways including Business Administration, Business Enterprise and Working Effectively in Business.

As part of the programme you will investigate business practices and create business ideas, as well as develop essential business and administrative skills. You will continue to study essential Maths and English as well as employability skills.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

This course is equivalent to five GCSEs grades 9-4 (A*-C) and provides you with an exciting insight to the world of business and enterprise. The units include:

  • The Marketing Plan
  • Business Online
  • Business Organisations
  • Business Finance
  • People in Business

You will also continue to develop your English and maths skills and will be given the opportunity to re-sit your Maths and/or English GCSE.

The course will be delivered by experienced tutors from the world of business. As well as classroom teaching, you will get to investigate local and national businesses, including guest speakers from these businesses and visits to their place of work. You will participate in regional and national enterprise competitions and you will be given the opportunity to complete work experience.

If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)

Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We ask that you have four GCSEs grades 8-4 (A-D) including Maths and English and we will also invite you to attend an interview and provide a satisfactory school reference.



There will be continuous assessment throughout the course based on a range of assignments and activities. These will include a mixture of:

  • Presentations
  • Observations
  • Written reports
  • Professional discussions
  • Group assessments
  • Role Play
  • Practical activities
  • Exam (one online, one written).

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The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their last visit, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Future opportunities

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to the Business BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 course.

Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for a Business Apprenticeship and work as an apprentice Administrator.

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Following further study you could work as:

  • An Accounts Clerk where you can earn between £16,000 and £22,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • An Administrative Assistant and earn between £14,000 and £22,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A HR Officer, earns an average of £30,000 a year.

Further information


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Guest speaker sessions from local entrepreneurs
  • Working to live business briefs including Warburtons and the NHS
  • Annual enterprise challenge/competition

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General Further Education College for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

On our last inspection we were graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm – 7pm

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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: 21 December 2018
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