L1/L2 First Diploma in Business

This course purpose is to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the Business sector.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 11111
Campus: Bangor, Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Business & Management
Course Overview

On successful completion of this 1 year full time course you will achieve the equivalent of 4 GCSEs.

The course will require a commitment of 15 hours per week. The course purpose is to inspire and encourage learners to consider a career in the Business Industry. It is the aim of the qualification to give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the business sector. It also hopes to support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic business course. Fundamentally, it hopes to give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the business sector, for example posts in finance, accounting, administration and retail.

Modules you will study may include:

Enterprise in the Business World

Principles of Marketing

Business Online and Introducing Project Management

Promoting a Brand

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy or Numeracy if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths. 

The course consists of six mandatory units and three to six optional specialist units. Two of these mandatory units are externally set and the remaining units are coursework based.

Core units include: Enterprise in the Business World, Promoting a Brand, Small Business Planning, Business Online and Introducing Project Management.

External Exam Units are: Finance for Business and Principles of Marketing.    

You will also work towards a Personal Development Qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability.

Students without GCSE English/Maths/ICT will be required to attend Essential Skills during their course of study.   Units are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction and final grades are awarded according to marks achieved throughout the course.

Each unit is worth 30 or 60 credits and each receives a grade worth a number of BTEC points. All points are added together for Year 1 total to determine the final grade for the First Diploma.

You want to develop transferable skills related to success in business, this is the ideal course for you. The key features include a tutorial system with supported learning and a mix of theory and practical activities.  

The assignment and controlled assessment/exam-based nature of this qualification, with the use of internal assessment and externally moderated units offers a route for students who generally perform better in a mixture of coursework and controlled assessment situations. Good attendance is necessary to complete the course successfully.  

About the business environment and develop your enterprising skills including developing brands and how to market a business or products.

The field trips, guest speakers and residential study visits that you will take part in on this course, allowing you to gain a true insight into the business sector.

Onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business, with sufficient grades in Essential Skills and Level 2 Business, or into employment.

4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade D or above and subject to an interview (to assess suitability for the course) and a pre entry assessment.

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