Business Level 2

The Business Extended Certificate Level 2 programme is designed to meet the needs of employers and to prepare students for the world of business. The programme aims to provide an education and vocational background for young people working to obtain a career in a range of jobs such as office administration, financial services, customer service, sales and retailing, distribution and manufacturing. Emphasis is placed on key skills in a business context, such as communication and numeracy.

Applications for full-time courses have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

What Will I Learn?

This programme introduces the exciting world of enterprise and entrepreneurship and provides you with an understanding of what it takes to run a successful business. You will learn about different elements of business, providing you with transferable skills that are applicable for work in most industries, including retail business, marketing techniques, enterprise skills, customer service and financial planning.

You will learn through a range of assignments, tutorials, report writing, presentations, role plays and exams. In addition to your main study programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Course Content

Business Extended Certificate Level 2 units may include:

  • Enterprise in the Business World
  • Customer Service
  • Introducing Retail Business
  • Recruitment, Selection and Employment
  • Promoting a Brand
  • Building Successful Business Teams
  • Finance for Business
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Sales and Personal Selling
  • Business On-line
Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs (9-3), including English and Maths, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 1 qualification
  • An interview.
Career Opportunities

This course offers access to a wide range of careers in business enabling individuals to progress into junior positions within areas such as finance, retailing, marketing and apprenticeships. Further career opportunities can be achieved by progression onto the higher level courses. Successful learners can progress onto a BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Business at Colchester Institute.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Business Level 2
LevelLevel 2
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £730


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