Business (Diploma)

Course Overview

This course is designed to appeal to full-time learners who are interested in a career in business, but would like to study it alongside other fields of study such as law, finance or any course that is of interest. Business Studies gives learners an introduction to and understanding of the business environment, management of resources, marketing and communication - all fundamental to the success of business organisations. The Business BTEC course is studied as a Diploma (equivalent to two A-Levels) allowing students to combine their study of Business with relatable BTEC or A-Level courses. The Business Diploma compliments Applied Law or Financial studies to create career ready pathways.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including Maths and English.


Studying business can enhance the employability of students. We have links with several accountancy firms who offer work experience including Ernst Young and PWC. We receive many offers of placements from businesses in other industries and we are always keen to promote these to our students. We also enter the CIPFA Management games each year and this is a great opportunity to network with people in the Public Finance Sector.

Course Outline

The BTEC Business course allow learners to develop team building, communication, ICT and numerical skills. Learners will experience debates, discussions, role plays and trips.

First year students will study:
Unit 1 – Exploring Business (coursework)
Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign (exam)
Unit 3 – Business and Personal Finance (exam)
Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process (coursework)

Second year students will study:
Unit 4 Managing an Event (coursework)
Unit 5 International Business (coursework)
Unit 6 Principles of Management (exam)
Unit 7 Business Decision Making (exam)

Exam & Coursework

Exam Board

Nicholas Wood

“Business has given me the opportunity to see how a business works and runs so I can pursue my own in the future.”

Nicholas Wood

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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