Who is this course for?
If you are looking for a career in the modern business world, this course is an excellent choice to help you understand and decide your next steps.
You will complete assignments that will develop the skills and knowledge that lead to business-related careers or further education. Units studied include:
- Finance and Accounting
- Business Environment
- People in Business
- Business Communications
- Customer Services
- Teamwork and Leadership
- Event Management.
The Level 2 Jersey Progression Diploma in Business is broadly equivalent to 4 GCSE’s. It is a vocationally relevant course with strong links to the local business and finance industries.
What are the entry requirements for the course?
At least five GCSEs at grades D-E (grade 2-4) or higher.
How long is this course?
One academic year commencing September 2017 and completing June 2018.
What will I study on this course?
Unit 1 – Business Planning: This unit will involve the process of setting up a business including the creation of an initial business plan, a presentation to a panel and a review of the initial business plan and presentation.
Unit 2 – Marketing and Promotion: This unit will introduce students to marketing and promotional concepts based around a new business idea. Students will learn about segmentation, targeting, marketing and promotional mix. They will then create their own business idea and use the above knowledge to present a promotional plan.
Unit 3 – Co-ordinating a Business Event: This unit will prepare the learner to identify the key features for planning and running an event. Students will be introduced to key aspects of the following core units: Working in Industry, Customer Service, Communication and IT for Business. Students will learn the skills to enable them to plan, run and evaluate an event.
Unit 4 – Working in the Industry : This unit will develop your readiness for the world of work. Through research activities, you will develop an awareness of your industry sector and opportunities that may be open to you. You will conduct an assessment of your current employability skills, plan for a placement and subsequently embark on work experience. This unit concludes with an opportunity to re-assess your skill set and progress made.
Unit 5 – Customer Service: Students will learn the techniques and benefits of excellent customer service and understand the methods used to monitor and improve customer service.
Unit 6 – Business Finance: Students will be introduced to a range of financial sectors commonly found in off-shore jurisdictions alongside identifying the most commonly used sources of finance for business and will teach students to create and interpret financial statements.
Unit 7 – Communication: Students will learn about the range of verbal and non-verbal communication skills essential in business. This unit will help students to participate in a business meeting and then further reflect on the strengths and areas of development of their own performance.
Unit 8 – IT for Business: This unit will help students to understand the purpose of different business documents, identify the software available in order to produce them and use software options appropriately. It will also encourage reflection on relative document strengths and weaknesses in a variety of business scenarios.
Unit 9 – The Business Environment: Students will develop their awareness of the business environment including external factors affecting and influencing business operations. The business environment can include areas such as: ownership structure, customers and vendors, competition, stakeholders, political pressures, the legal framework, changes in technology, society and the economy.
Unit 10 – People in Organisation: This unit explores an understanding of the way in which organisations are structured and the roles and various functional areas within most businesses. Additionally, it enables creation of key documentation required in the application of job vacancies and the opportunity to explore interview preparation and execution from both the potential employee and employer perspectives.
What Qualification will I gain?
Level 2 Jersey Progression Diploma in Business which is broadly equivalent to 4 GCSEs. The qualification is graded Pass (Grade C equivalent); Merit (Grade B equivalent); Distinction (Grade A equivalent) and Distinctions * (Grade A* equivalent.)
The Jersey Progression Certificate in Business, which is equivalent to 2 GCSEs, is available for students who complete a minimum of 50% of required units.
Will I go out on work experience?
Courses at Highlands are about preparing you for the world of work. As part of your course you will learn how to go about presenting yourself to an employer to stand the best chance of getting the job you are looking for. You will spend two weeks in a work placement and work towards an employability qualification.
What does this course lead on to?
- Level 3 courses within College
- Higher Education – Universities on Island, in the UK and further afield
- Training Contracts in the workplace – Levels 2, 3, 4, 5 (degree equivalent) employment / training contracts in the local work place in trust / funds / accountancy / insurance / marketing / event management
- Starting salaries largely between £18,000 and £22,000 (correct as at July 2016)
- 2015 AND 2016 – 95% of final year Level 3 learners, Level 2 and Level 1 students have University offers (L3) / signed employment contracts / apprenticeships within 2 months of leaving Highlands
How much will it cost?
• £36 per year subscription fee
• £61 per year course material fee
How can I find out more?
For furtehr information, please contact Employability or email firstname.lastname@example.org