The First Extended Certificate in Business is an ideal programme for school leavers. This one-year course is designed to encourage development of the personal skills and qualities needed for work. It is a good basis to go on to a more advanced work related qualification.
Applicants should have either:
a BTEC Foundation Certificate in a related subject, or
a standard of literacy and numeracy, with equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grades D - G, or
other related Level 1 or 2 qualifications.
The Extended Certificate is made up of 12 units – core and mandatory units that everyone takes, plus some specialist units so that you can study particular areas in more depth. The two core units are Enterprise in the Business World and Finance for Business. The mandatory unit is Principles of Marketing. The specialist units include units such as Principles of Customer Service, Sales and Personal Selling, Providing Business Support, Recruitment, Selection and Employment, and Building Successful Business Teams. Students will also complete an Employability Skills qualification and will improve their English and Maths skills by studying functional skills related to business studies.
There will also be an opportunity to complete a work experience placement.
There are various trips and activities throughout the programme e.g. paintballing and Alton Towers.
Ten of the units are assessed through project and assignment work. Two of the units are assessed through exams. All units are assessed and graded, either Level 1 or Level 2 Pass, Merit or Distinction, and an overall grade for the qualification will be awarded.
You can progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Business. Alternatively, the qualification helps students develop their employability skills, leading to business career opportunities.
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