Over the two years of this full time vocational course, students will study all of the major functions in business, through a real ‘hands-on’ approach.

The course will help students to understand how businesses operate in a competitive and global marketplace. The course will also give learners an introduction to the business environment, marketing, finance, recruitment and selection and communication – all these topic areas are essential for the success of business organisations.

All the units covered in the qualification include a vocational context and make use of a variety of local, national and international business organisations in order to support the academic content of the course.

Why study Business?
This qualification will enable students to acquire a range of important and transferable skills such as: data skills,
presenting arguments and making judgements, recognising problems and solving them, planning work, time management, conducting research into a specific theme in preparation for a range of tasks and challenging assumptions using evidence that is made available.

Students may pursue careers in a variety of ways, such as studying for degrees in business related fields, including Accountancy, Economics and Retail.

In non-related fields, the study of Business is always regarded as an asset within areas such as sciences, the arts, leisure and tourism, hospitality and management.

Students may also consider going directly into employment or an apprenticeship. Some sectors of industry regard this qualification highly and this could help those looking for a profession in the banking, marketing and retail sectors. Students could work for a corporation or maybe a management consultancy.

All organisations, including public sector organisations like
hospitals and voluntary organisations like charities, need sound business skills behind them.

Entry requirements
To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a positive College interview is required.