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Business Level 2 First Extended Certificate

University College Birmingham
1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

About this program

Business Level 2 First Extended Certificate

Want to take the first step towards a future in business? Our Level 2 Business college course will provide you with an excellent introduction to this sector while giving you a widely-recognised BTEC qualification, opening the doors to a range of further study options and opportunities within the industry.

This course features a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding along with a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways within the business world. 

Not available for international student visa applicants

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

  • Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above.
  • Alternatively, you will require at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report and references.
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed.
  • If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support.
  • You will need to successfully complete an initial assessment 

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Program content

Topics you will study:

  • Enterprise in the Business World
  • Finance for Business
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Customer Service
  • Recruitment, Selection and Employment
  • Using Business Documentation
  • Working in Business Teams
  • Work Experience in Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Managing Personal Finances

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through coursework assignments and projects, some of which will involve industry-related visits and external assessment.

25% of the qualification is externally assessed. Pearson sets and marks these assessments and the qualification is graded from Level 2 P to Level 2 D*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may achieve a grade of Level 1 Pass.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Course Duration : 1 year full-time
  • Course Start : September (2021)


Course fee for the First Extended Certificate in Business - £993


You will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the business sector, investigate areas that interest you, and develop essential skills and attributes that are prized by employers. In addition to studying key topics such as enterprise, finance and marketing, you can explore a variety of other subjects ranging from recruitment and customer service to corporate social responsibility and business documentation.

Completing this course will earn you a Level 2 qualification that will provide you with the springboard to progress onto a BTEC National Level 3 in Business or Business and Finance, start an apprenticeship or launch your career in business by entering employment.

Career paths

This course is an excellent introduction to the world of business, covering a variety of topics that prepare you to progress onto our BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Business or Business and Finance, as well as apprenticeships and ultimately a range of careers including marketing, finance, customer service and business administration.

Career opportunities

On completion of the Level 2, you could progress onto our Business Level 3 course, or you could pursue a range of employment opportunities within the industry.

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

  • Customer service representative - Average Salary: £18,786
  • Human resources assistant - Average Salary: £20,935
  • Finance assistant - Average Salary: £20,298
  • Marketing assistant - Average Salary: £18,863
  • Business adviser - Average Salary: £32,500
  • Accounting technician - Average Salary: £24,000

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...

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The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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