The Business Leadership Academy is a fantastic course that provides students with a 3 A Level equivalent qualification in Business. You will be studying a range of topics throughout the course, including:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Human resource management
  • Leadership & management in business
  • Business law
  • Business administration
  • Small business and enterprise

The Business Leadership Academy is supported by a range of regional and national employers and the course includes some incredible benefits such as:

  • A full unpaid internship placement with a local employer
  • A personal business mentor throughout the duration of the course
  • Annual trips to London to network with other UK Career Ready students
  • Employer led lectures, seminars, workshops, business challenges and company visits

 As part of the course you will participate in a Business mentorship programme and over the two years you will be allocated a personal business mentor from industry. This mentor will provide you with direct support and advice on coursework and life skills and will commit to regular 1:1 meetings throughout the two years of the course.

The unique experience provided by the internship placement and mentorship will also develop you into professionally minded Young Professionals ready for a career within the Business sector and/or University. These are experiences most A Level students do not receive!

Career Academies - 4 GCSE* C and above

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University, higher apprenticeships or employment

Great Leadership is the key to the success and performance of every business. At Oldham College we are building the future leaders of business. The business Leadership Academy is designed to produce students that have the drive and intellectual curiosity to tackle tough challenges.

By developing key leadership skills students will also have the opportunity to practice and implement these in real life situations working alongside established national and local businesses. You will be studying a range of topics throughout the course from accounting and HR through to marketing and business law.

Our Guarantees to you include:

Relevant Internships
Employer Influenced Curriculum
Progression interview (University or Higher Apprenticeships)
Allocated Industry Mentor
Opportunity to achieve 420 UCAS Points
Graduation Ceremony
A high Profile Experience

On successful completion of this qualification you will be able to progress to the following programmes which are offered by University Campus Oldham (UCO):

Foundation in Business and Enterprise

Successful applicants into the Business Leadership Academy will spend four/six weeks undertaking an unpaid internship with one of our sponsors at the end of Year 1. This enables you to practice what you have learned in the workplace and develop additional business competencies.


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Call Centre Manager
Chartered Management Accountant
Chief Executive Officer
Civil Service Fast Streamer
Customer Service Manager
Environmental Consultant
Fast Food Restaurant Manager
Finance Assistant
Finance Manager
Financial Manager
General Manager
Hotel Manager
HR Manager
IT Consultant
Management Consultant
Managing Director
Marketing Assistant
Marketing Executive
Office Assistant
Office Manager
Office Manager
Operational Researcher
Public Affairs Consultant
Purchasing Manager / Officer
Recruitment Consultant
Retail Manager
Retail Manager
Sales Assistant
Sales Manager / Executive
Secretary / Administrator

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Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development