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Programme Description


Take your first steps onto a pathway that will give you an insight into both the business industry  and the tourism industry. This course is ideal for students who want to develop their confidence and a wide range of transferable skills. It aims to nurture and support skills development in readiness for further study. Many learners progress to a Level 2 programme in Business, Travel and Tourism or Hospitality. Others may choose alternative further study pathways or employment.

You will engage in theoretical and practical tasks which will lead to opportunities in developing a range of personal skills and techniques, essential for successful performance in working life.

At a Glance

  Full Time

  1 year

  Graig Campus

Programme Features


This course has been designed to form close links with local businesses and the tourism industry. You will gain a realistic view of the demands of working in the business and tourism sector in a stimulating and exciting environment.

You will have the opportunity to explore industries through trips to businesses and visitor attractions. You will also be able to put theory into practice supporting events in partnership with local businesses and the tourism industry.

Programme Content


The core units focus on personal development and include:being organised, working with others, developing a personal progression plan and researching a topic. 

Other units cover topics such as customer service, exploring local businesses and visitor attractions, branding and promoting and running an event.

Literacy and numeracy skills are important for all students, so the course also incorporates mandatory study of either GCSE or Essential Skills Qualifications depending on GCSE grades.

On completion of their study students will achieve a BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Business.

Progression & Employment


The purpose of this course is to develop the transferable skills, attributes and behaviours needed for learners to progress to further study.  This progression can take many routes such as to a level 2 programme, other study routes or an apprenticeship, leading ultimately to employment.

Progression opportunities are subject to interview and depend on the students’ achievements at Level 1.  There is an expectation that to progress, learners complete the course with a full pass profile and demonstrate progression in literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.

Method of Assessment


Units are assessed internally using centre devised assignments.

These assessment methods can include observation in work related situations, presentations, projects, role play, interviews or extended writing.

Entry Requirements


You will need a minimum of two GCSE grades D-G to study this course. Those without formal qualifications will be considered following an interview and entry test.

Additional Costs


All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.