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Business Intermediate (Level 2)

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Business Intermediate (Level 2)

This study programme will provide you with a solid basis for progression in a number of business pathways. It will provide you with a sound knowledge of fundamental business concepts, while also equipping you with essential business and study skills. The dynamic programme will also give you the opportunity to undertake work experience and organise College events. During the study programme you will be supported by an experience and highly qualified team who will bring the subject to life through practical application.

Course information

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you must have:

Duration: 1 Year
3 GCSEs at grades 9-3 ideally including English and maths OR Business at Level 1

Duration: 2 Years
3 GCSEs at grades 9-1 ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in business OR Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered

Course content

During the study programme you will explore all the key functions of a business, including finance, human resources, customer service, economics, marketing and sales.

Subject units:
Enterprise in the business world
Principles of marketing
Finance for business
You will also study a variety of optional units chosen by the College including Principles of Customer Service, Introducing Retail Business, Recruitment, Selection and Employment, Building Successful Teams, Business Online, Sales and Personal Selling, Financial Planning and Forecasting, Providing Business Support, etc.

English and maths:
If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work placement and experience:
for all students to apply business skills and to add value to their CVs.

Various trips:
To a variety of businesses to observe business skills being applied in practice.

Guest speakers:
From local, national and international businesses.
Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills.

Additional vocational learning and qualifications:
You will also have the opportunity to plan and run a small College event and a small project.

Assessment methods

Two exams in Principles of Marketing and finance for Business.

The remainder of the units are made up of internal assessments of practical and written assignments.


You will gain:

  • Business BTEC Level 2/1 First Certificate


  • English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to Business Level 3 qualifications; you could also undertake employment or an Apprenticeship in a business-related role.

Additional information

The Business department has a strict dress code that aims to reflect the business environment. We feel that it is essential that students on our study programme learn this essential employability skill. In addition to the course fees you will also be required to pay £80 to cover the costs of books, enrichment activities and trips.

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Course Duration

This course can be completed in one year or two years dependent on your grades. Please apply for the course as normal and you will be placed on the appropriate course during the application/ enrolment process. For any questions, please contact

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Tresham College Wellingborough campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Tresham College Business Level 3


I enjoyed studying Business at school, but in the wider world it’s obviously very influential and people can become very successful from it. It’s something I want to be a part of, which is why I chose to study the subject further at College.

My favourite part of the course is Marketing. We look at: what tactics advertisers use to influence people’s spending; advertising on different platforms; and the different types of markets and the effects they have. We have also studied units on Finance and Exploring Business so far.

As part of my College work placement I work once a week at Portfolio Events, which is a catering company. I can apply everything I learn in College to my work here, including finance when I work on spreadsheets and filing, and marketing when I look at how they promote themselves through awards and testimonials.

In lessons we do a balance of group work and more individual tasks. Our tutors keep us on track with our future plans by regularly talking to us about what we want to do next and how we are going to achieve it.

I want to go to university when I finish College to study either Business or Finance. I’ve not decided on a career yet but I am interested in a role in real estate, as a Financial Advisor or Entrepreneur.


Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.