We offer a variety of courses to enhance your career prospects

Every business organisation needs people who can set and meet objectives. Roles range from managers who devise policies and make decisions, to clerical workers, who collect, store, interpret and distribute information. In the business sector, you must make sure systems run smoothly and show a flair for organisation and communication.

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Part-time courses

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Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programme
Level 2 Apprenticeship

Customer Service Practitioner Standard Apprenticeship Level 2 (find out more)

Level 3 Study Programme
Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • Assistant Accountant Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Business Administrator Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Customer Service Specialist Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Human Resources Support Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Team Leader/Supervisor Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
Level 4

Accountancy AAT Level 4 Diploma (course offered at Bedford College only)

Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • Associate Project Manager Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 (find out more)
  • Business & Professional Administration Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 (find out more)
  • Professional Accounting Taxation Technician Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 (find out more)
Level 5 Apprenticeship
  • Human Resources Consultant/Partner Higher Apprenticeship Level 5 (find out more)
  • Operations/Departmental Manager Higher Apprenticeship Level 5 (find out more)
HNC/HND

Business BTEC HNC/HND (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programme

Duration: One year

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-3 or A*-D ideally including English and maths OR
  • Business Level 1 diploma with functional skills

Duration: Two years

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-1 or A*-G  ideally including English and maths and a keen interest in Business
Level 2 Apprenticeship

Customer Service Practitioner Standard Apprenticeship Level 2
You will need to have achieved 3 GCSEs A*-D or 9-3 including English and maths, or equivalent. You should have a keen interest in providing excellent customer service and working as part of team. You should also demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude, and have basic numeracy and literacy skills with which to build your customer service skills.

Level 3 Study Programme

Accountancy Advanced Level 3
Duration: One Year

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-4 or A*-C ideally including English and maths, AND
  • Accounting AAT Level 2 qualification OR
  • Equivalent Accounting qualification

Business Advanced Level 3
Duration: Two Years

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 or A*-C ideally including English and maths OR
  • Business BTEC Level 2 Diploma with Level 2 Functional Skills
Level 3 Apprenticeship

Assistant Accountant Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths, or equivalent. You must be employed full-time in a job role relating to your course.

Business Administrator Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need four GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4, or equivalent. It is essential to have Level 1 English and maths and desirable to have Level 2 English and maths.

Customer Service Specialist Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need to have achieved 3 GCSEs A*-C or 9-4 including English and maths, or equivalent. You should have a keen interest in providing excellent customer service and working as part of team. You should also demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude, and have basic numeracy and literacy skills with which to build your customer service skills. It is expected that you will also have some prior experience in a customer service role, although this is not a formal requirement.

Human Resources Support Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You must have GCSEs A*-C or 9-4, or equivalent. You will need to be able to demonstrate and use good written and verbal communication skills as well as basic IT skills, particularly use of word processing and presentation packages. Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

Team Leader/Supervisor Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A-C or 9-4, or equivalent. Apprentices without Level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Level 4 Apprenticeship

Associate Project Manager Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
The target market is existing staff or new staff involved in projects or change management activities who require upskilling or wish to formalise their knowledge across a range of organisational types. It is an apprenticeship which has relevance for many sectors but may be of particular interest for those working in construction, engineering, IT, education, health-care provision or logistics. You must be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to or exceeding Level 2 in English and maths. This requirement may be met through the achievement of Level 2 Functional Skills, equivalent GCSEs, A-Levels or AS Levels, or an initial assessment which demonstrates the required ability.

Business & Professional Administration Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
You must be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to or exceeding Level 2 in English and maths. This requirement may be met through the achievement of Level 2 Functional Skills, equivalent GCSEs, A-Levels or AS Levels, or an initial assessment which demonstrates the required ability.

Professional Accounting Taxation Technician Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-3, including English and maths (or equivalent) plus a Level 3 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification. You must be employed full-time in a job role relating to your course.

Level 5 Apprenticeship

Human Resources Consultant/Partner Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
You must have GCSEs A*-C or 9-4, or equivalent. You will need a strong interest in what makes businesses successful and how to get the best out of people. Good analytical skills and the ability to work with colleagues to earn their trust and respect are also important. The CIPD Level 5 Certificate requires that learners are a minimum of 18 years old; this requirement has been put in place due to the level of maturity required to manage sensitive HR issues.

Operations/Departmental Manager Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A-C or 9-4, or equivalent. Apprentices without Level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Level 4

In order to begin this course you will need an AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accountancy. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview.

HNC/HND
  • English AND Maths GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4/Functional Skills at Level 2 AND
  • 48 UCAS Tariff points from A-Levels with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
  • 48 UCAS Tariff points from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business OR
  • an equivalent Level 3 qualification.
Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Study Programme Overview

Accountancy and Business Intermediate Level 2
This study programme will provide you with the foundation stage of the Association of Accounting Technician’s (AAT) Accountancy qualifications. The AAT is the world’s leading body for Accounting Technicians, making this course essential for anyone looking to develop a career in accounting or business finance. You will study a range of topics, including book-keeping, cash management, an introduction to payroll, basic costing, computerised accounts, and business and communication law.

Business Intermediate Level 2
This study programme will provide you with a solid basis for progression in a number of business pathways and 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. You will explore all the key functions of a modern business, including finance, human resources, customer service, marketing and sales

Level 2 Apprenticeship Overview

Customer Service Practitioner Standard Apprenticeship Level 2
The role of a customer service practitioner is to deliver high quality products and services to the customers of their organisation. Your core responsibility will be to provide a high quality service to customers including dealing with orders, payments, offering advice, guidance and support, meet-and-greet, sales, fixing problems, after care, service recovery or gaining insight through measuring customer satisfaction. This programme will help you to develop excellent customer service skills and behaviours as well as product and/or service knowledge when delivering to your customers.

Level 3 Study Programme Overview

Accountancy Advanced Level 3
This study programme will further develop your accountancy skills and knowledge. You will study a wide range of topics, including advanced book-keeping, building your skills in final accounts preparation, management accounting and costing, indirect tax,
ethics and spreadsheets.

Business Advanced Level 3
This study programme will prepare you for a career in business by developing skills in an exciting learning environment. You will also develop a range of key skills and knowledge that will be essential for future employment or university study. You will develop practical skills in all areas of business, including marketing, management, finance, decision making, digital marketing and recruitment.

Level 3 Apprenticeship Overview

Assistant Accountant Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
As a qualified apprentice you will have proved your skills in the workplace and gained a recognised apprenticeship qualification. Accounting technicians are skilled staff employed in jobs ranging from clerks to accounts department managers. They are increasingly required in industry and commerce, so if you have AAT qualifications at any level your prospects will be extremely good.

Business Administrator Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
With a focus on adding value, the role of business administrator contributes to the efficiency of an organisation, through support of functional areas, working across teams and resolving issues as requested. This programme is ideal if you have some knowledge of administration systems and you want to develop your skills to implement and monitor administrative procedures and systems, perhaps with the aim of moving into a management role at some stage. Advanced apprentices may work in roles such as administration executives/officers, administration team leaders, personal assistants and secretaries.

Customer Service Specialist Apprenticeship Level 3
This apprenticeships programme is ideal if your job is dedicated to customer service, for example Customer Relationship Managers, Co-ordinators and Team Leaders. You will develop your skills in communicating effectively with customers face to face, in writing, or by telephone, resolving problems and improving customer relations, promoting products and services, keeping records, gathering customer feedback, working in a team, developing complementary technical skills according to the job role.

Human Resources Support Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This apprenticeship forms the foundation of a career within the Human Resources (HR) profession. The focus of this apprenticeship is primarily on individuals who are new to the role or are progressing on their career journey through the organisation. Upon completion, you will be eligible for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The qualification is suitable for existing staff in a variety of entry level HR roles, including HR Administrator and HR Adviser, or new staff going into these roles. By undertaking this apprenticeship, you will have a good grounding across a range of HR disciplines as this is contained in the qualification included in this standard.

Team Leader/Supervisor Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This apprenticeship is suitable if you are at the start of your career and wish to become a team leader/supervisor. Alternatively you may already be an aspiring or existing manager who has developed practical experience but wish to develop your theoretical understanding of management skills further. The apprenticeship includes work-based learning, business education (where the CMI Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management is incorporated) and the opportunity for membership of the Chartered Management Institute on completion of the apprenticeship.

Level 4 Apprenticeship Overview

Associate Project Manager Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
All organisations have projects to manage. Regardless of their size, project management involves scoping, defining, implementing and measuring all aspects of a plan and project execution. This apprenticeship is aimed at those wishing to achieve a broad level of knowledge and skills with specific practical topics that include budgeting and cost management, conflict management, communication, earned value management, leadership, negotiation, procurement, sponsorship and teamwork. Candidates will demonstrate how these elements interact and how their project fits into their strategic and commercial environment. Being an Associate Project Manager also demonstrates your ability to support, lead, manage and control situations – credentials that apply to many career paths.

Business & Professional Administration Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
A higher apprenticeship will offer you a different, work-based route into professions that traditionally were the preserve of university graduates. Not only this, but you will have had three to four years’ extra work experience in these careers than a graduate entering by the traditional route. The Level 4 Diploma in Business & Administration, part of the Higher Apprenticeship in Business & Professional Administration, is aimed at experienced business professionals such as office managers, admin team leaders and business development executives. You will study a range of units relevant to your work, which could include communicating in business, resolving administration problems and culture and ethics in a business environment.

Professional Accounting Taxation Technician Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
As a qualified apprentice you will have proved your skills in the workplace and gained a recognised apprenticeship qualification. Accounting technicians are skilled staff employed in jobs ranging from clerks to account department managers. They are increasingly required in industry and commerce, so if you have AAT qualifications at any level your prospects will be extremely good.

Level 5 Apprenticeship Overview

Human Resources Consultant/Partner Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
This apprenticeship contains options for HR specialisms and for people management responsibilities. The focus of this apprenticeship is primarily on individuals who are new to the role or are progressing on their career journey through the organisation. Upon completion, you will be eligible for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The qualification is suitable for existing staff in a variety of HR roles, including HR Consultant or HR Business Partner, or new staff going into these roles.

Operations/Departmental Manager Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
This apprenticeship is suitable if you are or you wish to become an operations/departmental manager. You could be at the start of your career or be an aspiring or existing manager who has developed practical experience but wish to develop your theoretical understanding of management skills further. The apprenticeship includes work-based learning, business education (where the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership is incorporated) and the opportunity for membership of the Chartered Management Institute on completion of the apprenticeship.

HNC & HND Overview

You will develop the business skills, knowledge and understanding that is required to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. You will have
the opportunity to apply your learning in a practical environment through our links with local businesses.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.

Expectations

  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
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Business Level 3

Joshua Ruhiu

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.

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