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Business - Level 2 Certificate

Course Code: FE0254-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: BTEC Certificate in Business Level 2

Course aims

If you have an entrepreneurial streak, a creative spark and have big, bold ideas for a potentially lucrative career, then business at Northbrook MET is for you. This course will provide you with the relevant skills to manage a business or social enterprise, or to work in a large corporate company.

Every type of business environment requires the ability to be organised, to use office equipment, work with others, deal with customers, answer the telephone, write letters, complete business documents and much more. 

Over the year you will develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the areas of enterprise, finance, marketing and team building in business. You will also benefit from a trip to London where we get access to top level businesses and how they work.

Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs grade 3 (D/E) or above, including English and maths.

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 1 course, which is a combined qualification covering Business, IT, Travel and Tourism.

Entry requirements

Course units

  • Planning a start-up
  • Enterprise
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Research skills
  • Writing skills

Why the MET?

Our industry experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise. They are committed to helping you attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

You will have the opportunity to learn from engaging guest speakers and gain practical experience through placements and trips.  

In addition:

  • Practical, real-world projects
  • Industry-standard software and applications
  • Digital learning materials



  • Assessment
    • Written assignments
    • Presentations
    • Formal talks
    • Controlled assessments
    • Exams

Work experience

You will have the opportunity to undertake 30 hours of dedicated work experience in an industry/function of your own choice, which will enhance your employment opportunities. 

Northbrook MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas. 

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.


What's next?

Upon successful completion of this course may can progress to a Level 3 course at Northbrook MET, an apprenticeship or employment. 

There are a wide range of opportunities you can pursue after studying business. 

You could go on to gain a role in a small or large organisation, start your own business or become a specialist in a particular area such as: 

  • Marketing 
  • Advertising
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Retail and sales
  • Personnel development
  • Administration
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Marketing or sales director

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with other senior staff to determine the range of goods or services to be sold.
  • Discusses employer or client requirements, plans and monitors surveys and analyses of customer reactions to products.
  • Examines and analyses sales figures, advises on and monitors marketing campaigns and promotional activities.
  • Controls the recruitment and training of staff.
  • Produces and/or assesses reports and recommendations concerning marketing and sales strategies.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £34,886

AVERAGE £69,966

POTENTIAL £126,594

Desired Skills:
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Office manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities.
  • Advises on the handling of all correspondence and enquiries relating to accounts, sales, statistical and vacancy records.
  • Ensures that procedures for considering, issuing, amending and endorsing insurance policies are adhered to.
  • Plans, organises and co-ordinates the activities and resources of other offices not elsewhere classified including box offices, other ticket offices and accommodation bureaux.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £18,954

AVERAGE £27,944

POTENTIAL £46,976

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics

Sales accounts or business development manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with other senior staff to determine the range of goods or services to be sold, contributes to the development of sales strategies and setting of sales targets.
  • Discusses employer's or clients' requirements, carries out surveys and analyses customers reactions to product, packaging, price, etc.
  • Compiles and analyses sales figures, prepares proposals for marketing campaigns and promotional activities and undertakes market research.
  • Handles customer accounts.
  • Recruits and trains junior sales staff.
  • Produces reports and recommendations concerning marketing and sales strategies for senior management.
  • Keeps up to date with products and competitors.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,623

AVERAGE £44,285

POTENTIAL £84,318

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Learning Strategies

Marketing associate professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses business methods, products or services and targets customer group with employer or client in order to identify marketing requirements.
  • Establishes an appropriate quantitative and qualitative market research methodology and prepares proposals outlining programmes of work and details of costs.
  • Collates and interprets findings of market research and presents results to clients.
  • Discusses possible changes that need to be made in terms of design, price, packaging, promotion etc. in light of market research with appropriate departments.
  • Briefs advertising team on client requirements, monitors the progress of advertising campaigns and liaises with client on potential modifications.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,639

AVERAGE £25,916

POTENTIAL £46,430

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
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