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Title: Business

Pathway: Business & Administration

Available Study Options:
Apprenticeship, Full Time Print

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What will I study?

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Business Enterprise, Business Marketing or Business Administration

At Level 2 you will be introduced to Enterprise in Business, Marketing and Administration and topics such as planning and pitching for a business idea, promoting and financing an enterprise idea, understanding administrative services, and brand promotion and advertising.

You will learn practical skills such as using the telephone and office equipment, team working, presentation and communication skills. You will have the opportunity to practise the skills you have gained on Work Experience.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business with Enterprise. Duration two years

On this two year course, topics include:

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Business operations and structures
  • How to run your own business  
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Legal compliance
  • HR.

You may also have access to a mentor who has their own successful business. This will provide you with access to a workplace and equip you with employability skills. You will participate in employment-led workshops which will enhance your presentation and communication skills. You will be an active member of the the Young Enterprise Scheme, and eligible to apply to be a member of YENO (Youth Enterprise Network Oldham).

You will also be invited to apply for our Career Ready Academy

During the course you will have the opportunity to apply and bid for funding to support your own business idea. 

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business with Marketing. Duration: Two Years 

At Level 3 you will study all aspects of Marketing in a Business environment, you will be assessed with an exam and ongoing coursework and practical based Marketing activities. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience and be part of our Academies.

Your business mentor who will help you develop your employability skills along with the opportunity to secure a summer internship at large organisations, such as ITV and the NHS.

You will attend and contribute to a series of employment workshops which will help to enhance your presentation, confidence and communication skills. Work experience employers include First Choice Homes, Trade Chess, Radial, Innovation Technology, Oldham Coliseum, GMPLN, Job Centre and Kapita. 

How will I be assessed?

Levels 2 and 3 are both assessed by coursework and external exams.

What will this lead to?

Level 2 progression opportunities are to the Level 3 in Business with Marketing, Business with Enterprise, T-Levels in Business Management and Administration, T Levels in Finance or an apprenticeship in Business Administration, or employment.

Level 3 progression opportunities are to university (to study Business Management with pathways in HR, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Enterprise), an apprenticeship and employment, or starting your own business.

Job opportunities are in the varied Financial Services sector and administration.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.


If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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