Faculty of Business

Attendance Options: Full Time, Part Time, Full Time


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. Duration: Two Years 

At Level 3 you will study business operations and structures, Finance, Marketing, Law and Human Resources. 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.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

These qualifications are delivered both on and off the job. Apprentices spend four days per week in the workplace and one day per week at College.

At both levels apprentices will be assessed throughout the apprenticeship in the workplace by a variety of methods, including observation, professional discussion, reflective accounts, product evidence and questions and answers.

At College, apprentices will be taught theory which is then tested via a number of online exams. At Levels 2 and 3 there are three mandatory exams to be passed. These exams are multiple choice and cover topics of communication, business operations and administrative practices.

At Level 5, apprenticeship delivery is on and off the job with four days in the workplace and one day per week in College.

Management theory/knowledge will be delivered in the classroom which will then be tested via exam board assignments. In the workplace, assessment will be completed throughout the course by an industry specialist - with current, up-to-date knowledge - through a variety of professional discussions, product evidence, assignments and reflective accounts.

What will this lead to?

Level 2 progression opportunities are to the Level 3 in Business, an apprenticeship in Business Admin, 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.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

Apprentices will gain a range of skills, which will help them to build a career path.

Completion of the Level 2 course can lead to jobs including:

Completion of the Level 3 course can lead to jobs including:

Completion of Level 5 apprenticeship can lead to promotion within your organisation/industry, or new job opportunities as:

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 GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & Maths 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, 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, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Maths

T Level 
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

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Full Time

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.

Part Time

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.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 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.