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Business Certificate Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Devel­op a range of skills and gain fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge of the Busi­ness sec­tor. You will explore the areas that specif­cal­ly inter­est you such as finance, cus­tomer ser­vice, mar­ket­ing or small busi­ness management.

This course pro­vides you with trans­fer­able, inter­per­son­al skills val­ued by employ­ers and uni­ver­si­ties. We also work in part­ner­ship with local/​global busi­ness­es to pro­vide a recruit­ment and selec­tion day (linked to course units) to pro­vide a real­is­tic expe­ri­ence of the recrit­ment process for an apprenticeship.

In addi­tion, busi­ness entre­pre­neaurs pro­vide a Drag­on’s Den’ style event to sup­port com­ple­tion of a busi­ness enter­prise unit, busi­ness plan­ning and to devel­op pre­sen­ta­tion skills. The mar­ket­ing units are sup­port­ed by trips to Sacrewell Farm and Cad­bury’s World where brand­ing techiques are explored to sup­port com­ple­tion of the units.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will pro­duce a vari­ety of doc­u­ments through­out your course some of which will be used for inter­nal assess­ment. You will com­plete writ­ten reports, cre­ate finan­cial doc­u­ments, inde­pen­dant projects, posters, dis­plays and leaflets, record­ings or inter­views and role plays, log books and reflec­tive jour­nals and pre­sen­ta­tions. These learn­ing meth­ods are designed to sup­port your indi­vid­ual learn­ing style.

Entry Require­ments

4 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths, or an equiv­a­lent Lev­el 1 qualification.

Need to re-sit? No prob­lem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/C in GCSE maths or Eng­lish, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Two of the manda­to­ry units are assessed exter­nal­ly through exam­i­na­tion. Assess­ment of inter­nal units will be com­plet­ed through indi­vid­ual and group work to enhance your com­mu­ni­ca­tion and team work­ing skills.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to the Busi­ness Extend­ed Diplo­ma Lev­el 3, or a Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, Cus­tomer Ser­vice, IT, Retail, or Team Lead­ing, or employment.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Unit 1: Enter­prise in the busi­ness world
  • Unit 2: Finance for business
  • Unit 4: Prin­ci­ples of cus­tomer service
  • Unit 8: Recruit­ment, selec­tion and employment
  • Unit 9: Prin­ci­ples of marketing
  • Unit 11: Build­ing suc­cess­ful busi­ness teams
  • Unit 14: Busi­ness online


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Study­ing at the col­lege has pro­vid­ed me with skills to secure an uncon­di­tion­al offer to study Mar­ket­ing and Adver­tis­ing at Leeds Beck­ett University.

Emily Jolley



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