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Business Studies – Progression Year

Level 2 Vocational

Special Entry Requirements

You will need to meet the Progression Year entry requirements.

Course Introduction

Business Studies is an enjoyable and challenging one year course that is equivalent in value to three GCSEs. The course is an excellent base for advanced study, and many of our students have chosen to continue onto study Business Studies at level 3 on completion of this course. There have been numerous students in recent years who have then gone on to study the subject at degree level and / or enter into a business related career.

Course Modules

The course consists of two core units, one mandatory unit and up to nine optional units. Up to ten units will be assessed based on assignments that will range from reports to business presentations and team activities. Two of the units, Finance for Business and Principles of Marketing, are assessed by examination.

Core Units

  • Enterprise in the Business World (coursework)
  • Finance for Business (examination)
    Mandatory Units
  • Principles of Marketing (examination)

Optional Units

  • Promoting a brand
  • Sales and Personal Selling
  • Providing Business Support
  • Visual Merchandising in Retail Business
  • Principles of Customer Service
  • Introducing Retail Businesses
  • Recruitment, Selection and Employment
  • Building Successful Business Teams,
    Financial Planning and Forecasting


The Finance for Business and Principles of Marketing units are both assessed by examination. All other units are assessed entirely through coursework. The work you complete will be based on evidence from real organisations and the assessments will be varied (including report writing and more practical work such as presentations and group activities).

Assignments that students are to complete range from evaluating your performance when selling to customers to working in business teams (apprentice style). Written material such as reports and presentations will also be produced by students.

Career Opportunities

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