Business

Business

You might not realise it but business comes into our lives every day. Whether nipping to the shops or updating your mobile phone contract, it’s all big business. Whatever you want to do in the future, everyone could benefit from a good dose of business savvy. Our courses will help you get a better understanding of business operations and show you how to put that knowledge into practice.

What will you do?
You’ll learn about a wide range of subjects including marketing, retail, recruitment, project and event management, customer service and finance. Lessons will include a mixture of lectures, workshops, research and practical activities. You’ll also get the chance to get some work experience.

Is it right for you?
With so many potential career paths to follow, a future in business suits almost anyone. Whether you’re a logical thinker who enjoys putting a plan into action or see yourself as more of an innovator then this is the right course for you.

Vocational

Despite what the TV tells us, business is not all sharp suits, Canary Wharf, Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice.

Business is part of our everyday life and nearly everything we do is connected to the world of business – from using your smartphone apps to picking up a newspaper, business is big business!

Studying at Stockton Riverside College is the perfect launch pad for your career in business. Learn from tutors who are experts in their field and benefit from our superb employer links.

So if you are keen, determined, enjoy working with people and have the drive and commitment to succeed this is the subject for you.

Diploma in Business Level 3

You might not realise it but business comes into our lives every day. Whether nipping to the shops or updating your mobile phone contract, it’s all big business. Whatever you want to do in the future, everyone could benefit from a good dose of business savvy. Our courses will help you get a better understanding of business operations and show you how to put that knowledge into practice.

Attendance: Full-time

Start date: September 2020

Duration: 2 years

Location: Teesdale

What will you do?

You’ll learn about a wide range of subjects including marketing, retail, recruitment, project and event management, customer service and finance. Lessons will include a mixture of lectures, workshops, research and practical activities. You’ll also get the chance to get some work experience.

How will you learn?

You will learn in a number of different ways including;

  • Workshops
  • Research
  • Practical Activities
  • Work experience
  • Lectures

How are you assessed?

6 mandatory units, 2 are externally assessed and 4 internally assessed. Two optional units set and marked by your lecturers.

You need:

Four GCSEs graded between 9-4/A*-C, including English or maths.

Why English and Maths matter…

Literacy and numeracy skills are integral to any business. You may need to set prices, keep records, write reports and calculate profit and loss.

What do you need to know?

This course has been developed to respond to the growing demand for individuals with skills and knowledge in both business and Information Technology.

What’s next?

You could continue your studies on a relevant university course or find work/an apprenticeship in the industry.

How do I apply/enrol? www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

3 Reasons to join us

  • Nationally recognised qualification that provides an excellent opportunity for progression on to university.
  • Work experience opportunities to develop real-life work skills
  • Tutors who are experts in their field

Destinations and Progress:

Apply to university to study business or business related subjects.

Apply for an apprenticeship.

Study FdA Business Management course at Stockton Riverside College.

Extra-curricular activities:

Visits to universities and local businesses

Guest speakers throughout the year

College enrichment programme which includes health and wellbeing and sport

Extended Diploma in Business Level 3

You might not realise it but business comes into our lives every day. Whether nipping to the shops or updating your mobile phone contract, it’s all big business. Whatever you want to do in the future, everyone could benefit from a good dose of business savvy. Our courses will help you get a better understanding of business operations and show you how to put that knowledge into practice.

Attendance: Full-time

Start date: September 2020

Duration: 2 years

Location: Teesdale

What will you do?

You’ll learn about a wide range of subjects including marketing, retail, recruitment, project and event management, customer service and finance. Lessons will include a mixture of lectures, workshops, research and practical activities. You’ll also get the chance to get some work experience.

How will you learn?

You will learn in a number of different ways including;

  • Workshops
  • Research
  • Practical Activities
  • Work experience
  • Lectures

How are you assessed?

7 mandatory units, 3 are externally assessed and 4 internally assessed. Six optional units set and marked by your lecturers.

You need:

Four GCSEs graded between 9-4/A*-C, including English and maths.

What do you need to know?

This course has been developed to respond to the growing demand for individuals with skills and knowledge in both business and Information Technology.

What’s next?

You could continue your studies on a relevant university course or find work/an apprenticeship in the industry.

3 Reasons to join us

  • Nationally recognised qualification that provides an excellent opportunity for progression on to university.
  • Work experience opportunities to develop real-life work skills
  • Tutors who are experts in their field

Destinations and Progress:

Apply to university to study business or business related subjects

Apply for an apprenticeship

Study FdA Business Management course at Stockton Riverside College

Extra-curricular activities:

Visits to universities and local businesses

Guest speakers throughout the year

College enrichment programme which includes health and wellbeing and sport

A Level and equivalent

Developing your understanding of the business world, this course will encourage you to consider the issues that affect the success of small and large businesses today. You’ll put that knowledge into practice by considering management decisions and recommendations based on real situations.

BTEC Business

Whether as customers or employees we all interact with businesses every day. Businesses are integral to the society we live in and are complex machines run by people. All businesses are different and as such have different needs. Studying business will allow you to respond to the challenges of any business whether as an entrepreneur starting up a new business or a manager of a large corporate firm.

FACTFILE:

Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location: Bede Sixth Form


What will I study?

You’ll explore the world of business through relevant examples and study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive. Marketing is a dynamic field central to the success of any business, and we will explore how a marketing campaign is developed and then put together our own campaigns for different products and services.


How will I learn?

Lessons in business are active and require you to participate, putting forward your ideas and taking part in group tasks and discussions. We will learn by considering real business scenarios, examining the challenges businesses have faced, and responding to tough business decisions.


How will I be assessed?

In Year 1 you will complete four assignments, and in Year 2 you will complete one assignment and one examination.


You need:

Please get in touch or check out our prospectus to see more about how our course pathways work.


What’s next?

Future careers could include management, international business, marketing, or even launching your own business.


Reasons to join us:

  • The opportunity to engage with real world business and explore their operation through field visits and guest speakers.
  • You will learn practical skills like making and delivering presentations, interpreting financial data, presenting complex business ideas, producing business documents and responding to tough business decisions.
  • The opportunity to choose your research case studies to areas of personal interest.

What our students say:

“We had the opportunity to visit businesses which allowed us to see them from an internal viewpoint rather than as a customer”

“This course opened my eyes to the issues businesses face and decisions they make to get products to market”

“Being able to choose which companies to study makes me feel I have ownership of my work”


How do I apply/enrol?

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form: www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.

Business Studies

You are already more of an expert in the world of business than you currently realise. Developing your understanding of the business world, this course will encourage you to consider the issues that affect the success of small and large businesses today. You’ll put that knowledge into practice by considering management decisions and recommendations based on real situations.

FACTFILE:

Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location: Bede Sixth Form


What will I study?

You’ll develop a thorough understanding of business theory and principles through our lively and active lessons. As well as making business decisions based on real life scenarios you’ll be expected to justify those decisions and back them up with sound reasoning based on evidence.


How will I learn?

Lessons in business are active and require you to participate, putting forward your ideas and taking part in group discussions.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by examination, with your final grade based on three exams taken at the end of your second year.


You need:

Students should have grades 9-4 in seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics.

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and maths alongside your other courses. These are essential skills that all employers value.


What’s next?

Future careers could include management, international business, marketing, or even launching your own business. Some of our most recent students have gone on to study Law at Durham University, Business and Marketing at Northumbria University, Accounting and Finance at Teesside University, and Business Management at Leeds Beckett University.


Reasons to join us:

  • Over half of our A level Business students go on to study at university.
  • Many of our students have progressed to senior managerial positions in some of the UK’s top companies including accountancy firms, major retailers and modern engineering organisations.

What our students say:

“The most relevant course I could have chosen, this course links to so many aspects of my career.”

“When I started college I was unsure what career I wanted. Having done Business for a year it’s now my number one choice for Uni.”


How do I apply/enrol?

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form: www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.

Part time

OCR NVQ Diploma in Business Administration Level 2

Factfile:

Attendance: Part-time

Duration: 36 weeks

Start date: September 2020

Location: Teesdale

What will you do?

To attain the full award a minimum of 21 credits must be achieved, and to do so candidates must complete four mandatory units and a range of optional units chosen from the Level 2 selections. This qualification is very flexible in its structure enabling the organisation and individual to choose the optional units which best suit their work situation and job role.

How will I learn?

Learners can choose from a bank of optional units, related to the tasks they carry out in their job role, which show their ability to contribute to the running of an office.
How am I assessed?

Candidates plan a programme of development and assessment with their assessor and compile a portfolio of evidence to prove that they are competent and knowledgeable about the tasks they carry out in their working role and will include assessment in the workplace. Tutorial support is available within the course.

What’s next?

Upon successful completion of the Level 2, candidates can progress to the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration. They can only progress to level 3 if their job role allows.

How much does the course cost?

£995

When does the course run?

Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm

You need:

Candidates must be working in an appropriate Business Administration role.

What else do I need to know?
Apply online at www.stockton.ac.uk/apply-online.

Applicants will be invited to an interview with a course tutor

 

OCR NVQ Diploma in Business Administration Level 3

Factfile:

Attendance: Part-time

Duration: 36 weeks

Start date:  September 2020

Location: Teesdale

What will you do?

To attain the full award a minimum of 40 credits must be achieved, and to do so candidates must complete four mandatory units and a range of optional units chosen from the Level 3 selections. This qualification is very flexible in its structure enabling the organisation and individual to choose the optional units which best suit their work situation and job role.

How will I learn?

Learners can choose from a bank of optional units, related to the tasks they carry out in their job role, which show their ability to contribute to the running of an office.

How am I assessed?

Candidates plan a programme of development and assessment with their assessor and compile a portfolio of evidence to prove that they are competent and knowledgeable of the tasks they carry out in their working role and will include assessment in the workplace.

Tutorial support is available within the course.

What’s next?

Successful candidates can look to progress onto Administration Level 4 or Management Level 4 programmes.

You need:
The Level 3 qualification is intended for individuals whose role involves carrying out administrative duties with a considerable amount of responsibility and autonomy.  The individual will be contributing to the development and implementation of administrative services within the organisation, and have a substantial amount of administrative experience. An extensive amount of knowledge regarding the organisation individuals are working for, (including policies, procedures, legislation) and the ability to explain, describe and identify why, how, when, where and who for/with tasks are carried out, is essential to fulfil the criteria requirements at Level 3 and therefore it is imperative that candidates are working in an appropriate permanent job role to meet the standards needed for this qualification.

What else do I need to know?
Apply online at www.stockton.ac.uk/apply-online.  Applicants will be invited to an interview with a course tutor

How much does the course cost?

£1900

When does the course run?

Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm

HE

HNC Business and Professional Administration**

If you are looking for a work-related qualification in Business and Management to study alongside your job, this is the course for you. You will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in business management, including marketing, finance and people management. The emphasis is on developing skills relevant to the real world of work, and making practical links between theory and the demands of business management. You will develop general skills in communication, team working, problem solving and analysis.


Factfile:

Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time

Start date: September 2020

Duration: 1 year (FT) or 2 years (PT)

Location: Teesdale

** This course is subject to approval


What will you do?

Year 1 modules:

  • Business and the Changing Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operational Management

Year 2 Modules:

  • Management Accounts
  • Research Project
  • Innovation, Management and Commercialisation in Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

*Modules offered may vary.


How am I assessed?

You are assessed through a range of assignments, presentations and work-based projects. All modules must be successfully completed to achieve the qualification.


Entry requirements:

You should have achieved a level 3 qualification and have a desire to progress into Business Management. Mature students are welcome to apply and relevant work experience will be taken into account.

Maths and English at GCSE 4/C or above, or an equivalent qualification.


Progression:

Once you have completed the course successfully you can progress to the Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business.


How do I apply/enrol?

To apply for this course, please click here, where you will be directed to Teesside University’s website.

For an informal discussion, contact the HE Course Leader, Sarah Richardson at sarah.richardson@stockton.ac.uk.


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** This course is subject to approval

Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to get into the world of work and earn real money whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

If you are a school leaver, currently unemployed or looking to start a new career, Stockton Riverside College can help you to find the right Apprenticeship and employer for you.

Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration

This level 4 Business Administration apprenticeship is equivalent to a Foundation Degree. Ideal for those in a senior or supervisory role within an office environment, this apprenticeship will provide apprentices with the skills needed to be able to contribute
to a business at a strategic level.

Entry Requirements:

There are no specific academic entry requirements for this qualification; candidates will need to have a significant amount of experience working in a business environment, so that they have a solid foundation of skills to build upon.

Job Roles:

Office Manager, Administration Team Leader, Personal Assistant, Business Development Executive

Duties:

Duties can vary for different organisation however suggested duties include:
• Managing an office facility
• Chairing meetings
• Coordinating events
• Monitoring operational processes
• Communicating with customers
• Managing budgets

Assessment:

You will be allocated a course tutor/assessor to provide guided learning and support with assignments. You will be observed in the workplace by your allocated assessor.

Cost:
The fee of this apprenticeship is subject to the employer status. For more information please contact a member of the Business Development Unit on 01642 865 577 or via business@stockton.ac.uk

Next Steps:
For further advice and guidance on how to take up this fantastic new opportunity to up-skill your staff, please contact Emma Booth on 01642 865 576 or email: emma.booth@stockton.ac.uk

Business Administration Apprenticeships

If you have strong communication and organisational skills and are a team player then a Business Administration apprenticeship may be perfect for you. You will ensure the smooth-running of your workplace by completing the day-to-day tasks of a busy office environment.

Main Duties:

As a level 2 apprentice, duties may include:
• Making and receiving telephone calls
• Handling mail
• Record keeping
• Using electronic message systems
• Use of office equipment
• Taking notes
• Greeting visitors

As a level 3 apprentice, duties may include:
• Organising meetings and events
• Producing documents
• Managing resources, office facilities and equipment
• Developing presentations
• Managing diaries and organising travel
• Taking minutes and writing up notes

Assessment:

You will be allocated a course tutor/assessor to provide guided learning and support with assignments. You will be observed in the workplace by your allocated assessor.

You need:

Apprenticeships require a good level of English, maths and/or ICT. Our initial assessment and your GCSE results will help inform us of your ability and what support we can offer to get you to the level required.

If you do not hold the relevant GCSEs you will need to complete the Functional Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship.

You must be:

  • at least 16
  • a UK resident
  • in employment. We can help with this

To undertake a level 3 apprenticeship, you need a level 2 qualification or to have experience in a relevant field.

Duration:

Level 2: 12 months
Level 3: 12 months

Career Pathways

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English & Maths

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and Maths. These are essential skills that all employers value. Your tutor can answer any questions you have regarding this.

Work experience/employability

We want to help you develop real skills for real jobs. That’s why we work closely with a wide range of employers to ensure all of our courses give you the skills that they are looking for in their future employees. We offer a wide range of projects and you may have the chance to work with local employers and gain valuable experience working within the college environment. Our Logistics Academy and enterprise initiative may also be of interest to you. Our dedicated online program ‘My Work Search’ will help prepare you for future job opportunities.

Social and personal development

You’ll get the opportunity to develop a range of additional skills including the ability to work independently and as part of a team, organisation, time management, putting together and delivering presentations, CV writing, research and career skills and use of ICT and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Your tutor will be able to tell you more about course specific developments.