Merton College

Introduction

This course is an ideal introduction to business studies. If you want an office-based job or to work in retail, this course will give you a great overview of business. It builds on the skills you already have and introduces you to new aspects of the business world so your future career options become even more interesting. You'll also have a work placement to give you real world experience, previously this has been with companies like Tesco, Office Angels and Next. We also run several visits a year to companies, often based in the City, to see the different roles and practices for the organisation - this will help you understand how different business sectors work. Previous visits have included Bank of Tokyo and Red Star Insurance. We also take part in other initiatives as they become available, for example, last year our students took part in a Dragon's Den style event run by Wandsworth Council.

You'll study a variety of business topics including:

  • Business organisations
  • Financial management
  • Marketing and sales
  • Enterprise
  • Customer service
  • Business planning - as part of this module you'll work In teams to develop a business plan and raise money for a community project
  • Business communication and information
  • Recruitment.

Materials

You'll be given a book list and you'll be expected to buy the main text book for the course. Our library is well-stocked with everything else you need.

Assessment

You'll be assessed throughout the year with coursework and exams.

Entry Requirements

Three GCSEs A*-D/9-3 including English or maths; OR a relevant Level 1 qualification plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.

If you don't meet all the entry requirements for this course don't worry - you can still apply. You may need to take a preparatory Level 1 course with us first to pick up all the skills you need for further study. We'll discuss this at your interview.

Next Steps

Continue on to a Level 3 course if you would like to get the entry requirements for university or for better job prospects. You could also take up an apprenticeship.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.


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