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Level 3
Forest of Dean Gloucester

Course Overview

Full Time

Ideal if: you want to learn practically and specialise in an area of business of your choice.

You’ll learn: recruitment and selection in business; business resources; managing a business event; business communication; business project management; developing teams; the business environment; an introduction to marketing; and supporting business activities.

Expect: to study business theories and concepts, and apply them to real situations.

You’ll love: our four career pathways to choose from and specialise in: administration, HR, management and marketing.

This course gives you the opportunity to build on your skills and experience achieved at Level 2 and prepares you for a position in industry or the prospect of higher education.

You will study a range of topics including:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing marketing campaigns 
  • Personal and Business finance
  • Managing an event
  • International Business

There are exams as part of this qualification as well as other forms of assessment.  This is a two year course and all students will be continuously assessed throughout the year. There are some units that will be externally set and marked.

This practical, vocational business course will introduce you to the key disciplines of Marketing, Finance, Events Management and Human Resource Management.

The programme has been designed to involve you in all of these disciplines to prepare you for your eventual career pathway into higher education or employment.

You will not be required to wear a uniform but smart business dress is a requirement. This is typically a plain blue shirt, black trousers and black shoes.

You will be continuously assessed throughout the course, and will be encouraged to take part in College promotional events such as open evenings where you will be able to put into practice your business and customer service skills. There are some units that will be externally set and marked.

The course offers opportunities in every employment sector, including national and local government, property management, finance, law, health, leisure, media, marketing, retail, logistics and utilities.

You will also need to complete relevant work placement as part of your course. You will have support whilst at College to arrange this but it is advised to start thinking about it prior to enrolment.

  • Typical Entry Criteria

    • Five GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above including:

      • GCSE English Language or Literature at Grade 4 and above or GCSE Maths at Grade 4 and above
      • Four other GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above

    Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements.

    For 19+ applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion.

    All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through applications@gloscol.ac.uk.

  • Upon completion, you may wish to study the second year of this course. Students will need to complete year one before continuing. You may move onto a higher education course in business such as HNC/HND or seek work directly in industry or Advanced Apprenticeships.

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Studying for a business qualification gives you transferable skills that are desired by many industries and professions. You can go on to train as an accountant, manager, marketer, events coordinator or business administrator, and even develop the crucial skills needed to run your own business.

You’ll find that our range of business pathways allow you to explore and learn about a variety of business skills, before choosing a specialist area to suit your interests and future career goals. If you’re interested in events management, human resources, management, marketing, retail or social media, we have a business pathway to suit.

Gloucestershire College is connected to a number of businesses and throughout the year you will get the chance to see how real businesses operate. Previous work-related activities have included trips to Amazon and Sky headquarters and business planning with RBS.

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Ben Leighton

The business course is very versatile so it can help with lots of job options after college. My dream career is something in finance, maybe a Chartered Accountant, so everything I’m learning now on my course about Business will help me to reach that goal. I would encourage everyone who’s thinking of applying to GC to just do it, it’s been the best decision for me and I’m looking forward to what comes next in my education and career.“

Ben Leighton

Level 3 – Business

Forest of Dean Campus
Louis Giles

I’m not sure what sort of career I want after the course yet but the college offers lots of career advice and guidance to help me. I applied for Gloucestershire College because there is better transport links and access for me and my wheelchair. I also thought the new campus looked really cool. I chose to study Business as my sister did the course previously and said it was really good, helping her get a job now. The course is very flexible and not too many hours a week so I can do other things like work experience around it.

Louis Giles

Level 3 – Business

Forest of Dean Campus
Ryan Davis

I would tell someone who is thinking of applying to the College to go for it as it will open doors to lots of great opportunities. When I finish the course I want to go to University – with Oxford as my first choice. I wanted to study at Gloucestershire College because of the new facilities and new Forest of Dean campus, I think it looks really impressive. I am studying Business as I think it will lead me to a lot of other new career opportunities."

Ryan Davis

Level 3 – Business

Forest of Dean Campus

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