Gain the skills and knowledge to fully understand and practice business concepts.

Learn the skills you need to progress to a level 5 qualification in business or enter an industry with the necessary knowledge to succeed in any field of business.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to fully understand and practice business concepts at level 4 to enable them to progress either to a level 5 qualification in business or to enter an industry with the necessary business skills to be successful in any field of business.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to fully understand and practice business concepts at level 4 to enable them to progress either to a level 5 qualification in business or to enter an industry with the necessary business skills to be successful in any field of business.

Course Description

This course covers the key elements necessary for understanding and applying business theories in an academic and practical context for level 4 students. It covers the following areas of study:

• Business and the Business Environment
• Marketing Essentials
• Human Resource Management
• Business Law
• Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
• Management and Operations
• Management Accounting
• Managing a Successful Business Project
• EAP/IELTS/English

Course Duration and Structure

• The course is for 24 weeks covering 3 sessions a day
• There are 8 units in total
• Total guided learning hours is 480 + Research and Study Skills – 60 hours
• Each unit is worth 15 credits – Total = 120 Credits
• There are 60 guided learning hours per unit
• Each session lasts for 90 Minutes – 1 ½ hours (1 Lesson = 45 Minutes)
• 30 Lessons a week
• 22.5 Hours a week

Timetable

Please note this is a sample timetable and may be subject to change.

ETC Year 1 Higher Business Certificate Year 4
Unit Start DateUnit End DateSession 1Session 2Session 3
9th January 201717th March 2017Business and the Business EnvironmentMarketing EssentialsHuman Resource Management
20th March 201728th April 2017Business LawEntrepreneurship and Small Business ManagementEAP/IELTS/English
9th January 201717th March 2017Business and the Business EnvironmentMarketing EssentialsHuman Resource Management
1st May 20179th June 2017Management and OperationsManagement AccountingManaging a Successful Business Project
12th June 201721st JulyBusiness and the Business EnvironmentMarketing EssentialsHuman Resource Management
24th July 20171st Sept 2017Business LawEntrepreneurship and Small Business ManagementEAP/IELTS/English
4th Sept 201713th Oct 2017Management and OperationsManagement AccountingManaging a Successful Business Project
16th Oct 201724th Nov 2017Business and the Business EnvironmentMarketing EssentialsHuman Resource Management

Course Outcome

On Successful completion of the course, students will receive the following:

  • ETC Year 1 Higher Business Certificate – Level 4
  • A transcript detailing their subjects and grades
  • An academic reference letter detailing the subjects they have studied, their academic and personal strengths

Unit guide

Business and the Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to teach the different types, size and scope of organisations, the interrelationship of the various functions and how they link to organisational structure using contemporary examples to demonstrate how it is affected by the positive and negative influence/impact from the macro environment on the internal strengths and weaknesses.

Marketing Essentials

The aim of this unit is to explain the role of marketing and how it interrelates with other functional units

of an organisation comparing how organisations use elements of the marketing mix (7Ps) to achieve business objectives and facilitate the development of a marketing plan.

Human Resource Management

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to explain the purpose and scope of Human Resource Management for resourcing an organisation with talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives, evaluating key elements of its effectiveness, analysing internal and external factors in the HRM decision making process including employment legislation, whilst applying HRM practices in a work-related context.

Business Law

The aim of this unit is to encourage learners to explain the basic nature of the legal system, illustrating the potential impact of the law on a business, suggest appropriate legal solutions to business problems and recommending appropriate legal solutions based upon alternative legal advice provided.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

The aim of this unit is to demonstrate to students how to explore and illustrate the range of entrepreneurial venture types, assess the impact of small businesses on the economy, determine and assess the key aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and examine the different environments that foster or hinder entrepreneurship.

EAP/IELTS/English

This aspect of the course will allow the student to improve their English at a higher level by joining one of the many English based courses within the college for one session over 8 weeks during the 24 week period.  Learners will be able to study more advanced vocabulary and grammar in each of the four main language skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, which will complement their other study skills as they progress to year 2 of their studies.

Management and Operations

This student assists students in differentiating between the role of a leader and the function of a manager, applying the role of a leader and the function of a manager in given contexts, demonstrating an appreciation of the role leaders and managers play in the operations function of an organisation, demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between leadership and management in a contemporary business environment.

Management Accounting

The aim of this unit is to support students in demonstrating an understanding of management accounting systems, applying a range of management accounting techniques, explaining the use of planning tools used in management accounting, comparing ways in which organisations could use management accounting to respond to financial problems.

Managing a Successful Business Project

This unit helps learners to establish project aims, objectives and timeframes based on the chosen theme, conduct small-scale research, information gathering and data collection to generate knowledge to support the project, present the project and communicate appropriate recommendations based on meaningful conclusions drawn from the evidence findings and/or analysis, reflect on the value gained from conducting the project and its usefulness to support sustainable organisational performance.

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