Your Business With James Caan 2017 - 115
An intensive degree
course will provide
you with business
expertise and skills
and knowledge. There are varying
levels available - from a certiﬁcate to
an extended diploma - so you should
be able to ﬁnd something that ﬁts
your needs. For example, a Level 3
extended diploma is equivalent to
three A levels and can be used as an
entry qualiﬁcation to a degree course.
WHY? A BTEC Level 3 National
diploma covers marketing,
communication and management,
with optional modules including
accountancy, law, administration
and other such ﬁelds, so you
can cater your diploma to your
career and business needs.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? A
BTEC Level 3 National extended
diploma in business usually takes
two years. However, as with many
qualiﬁcations, there may be options
to make your study more ﬂexible,
depending on the institution.
WHAT IS REQUIRED? You don't
need to have any experience in
business to study a BTEC Level 3
National in business, but if you do
it will certainly not be a hindrance.
However, you must be at least 16
years old and it's recommended you
have at least four GCSEs at grade C/
grade 5 or higher, or equivalent.
DID YOU KNOW? A survey carried
out by CBI/Pearson Education &
Skills asked businesses how equipped
the average school leaver is for
employment. The overwhelming
answer they gave was that the
education system needed to better
prepare them with the attributes
needed in the world of work.
"The prevalent skills gap in the
UK will need to be addressed and
the transition from education
signiﬁcantly improved," says James.
A BTEC National is the perfect way
to address a lack of business skills.
WHERE NOW? For more information
on BTEC Nationals in business,
WHAT? A bachelor of business
"I'm a strong
If you don't know
how to do something,
you can easily find
a course near you
administration (BBA) is an
undergraduate degree that can prepare
you for further postgraduate study
or beneﬁt your professional business
career. Often, such undergraduate
programmes provide an overview of
business as well as oﬀering the chance
to specialise as the degree progresses.
WHY? An intensive degree course
will provide you with all the
expertise and skills you'll need
for a career in business. Your
learning doesn't have to end there,
of course, but undergraduate
programmes give you knowledge
you can develop within a business.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? A BBA
course takes three years on a full-time
basis, but there may be part-time or
distance learning options. Many such
degrees also oﬀer work placements
that last six to 12 months, which will
extend the length of the programme.
WHAT IS REQUIRED? Each highereducation institute sets its own entry