Business Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: BL114
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Study mode: Full Time


Do you want to understand how a successful business is structured? If so, this course is for you.

This 1 year, introductory Level 1 Business course looks at planning and running enterprise activities; identifying and planning successful business structures; how to use various methods of office technology and provide excellent customer service; recording effective bookkeeping, keeping to legal requirements and how to handle boardroom situations.

This introductory course will help you progress onto Level 2 Business and features:-

  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Retail
  • Finance
  • Marketing

We also look at the job opportunities available within business administration, taking part in interactive support meetings and team building activities. 


What will I study?

This course is designed to provide you with a Level 1 Diploma in Business.

The course units feature:-

  • An introduction to business theory and practice
  • How a business works and is structured
  • Taking part and supporting business meetings
  • Engaging team building activities 

You will also be required to study functional skills in Maths and English.


Entry Requirements

You will need 3 GCSEs at Grade 2.

How will I be assessed?

During the year you will complete a variety of assignments, which will be marked by your tutor and form part of your portfolio (some of the units will be externally marked by the awarding body.)

As well as taught lessons you will be encouraged to work on your own in one of Blackburn College's Learner Resource Centres.

What can I do next?

On completion of the Level 1 Diploma, you can then progress onto Level 2 in Business.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Project Manager

Project managers plan and organise resources and people to make sure projects finish on time, stay within budget and meet the requirements of the business. They work in all industries from construction to IT.

If you are good at juggling several tasks at the same time, have excellent 'people' skills and can lead a team, this may be the career for you.

To get into this job, you'll need some experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Training and qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification.

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Business Development Manager

Business development managers are senior sales people who create opportunities for an organisation's growth. They find new customers and persuade existing ones to buy extra services. If you’re interested in sales and building relationships, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need excellent communication and IT skills. You’ll also need to work to deadlines and have an understanding of how businesses operate.

To get into this job, you'll need a good standard of education including maths, English and IT. Some employers may ask for a degree. Experience of sales or marketing is usually required. It may also be possible to start in a junior role and work your way up.

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Marketing Manager

As a marketing manager, it would be your job to plan the best ways of promoting your employer's products, services or brand. If you’re organised and love communicating messages and ideas, this could be the job for you.

You will need to have the management skills to lead and motivate a team. You would also need to handle pressure well when you're working to tight deadlines.

To get into this job you will usually need experience as a marketing executive. Employers are likely to be more interested in your skills, track record and industry knowledge than your formal qualifications.

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Administrative Assistant

If you enjoy keeping things in order and like being part of a team, this job could suit you perfectly. As an administrative assistant, you would be making sure that day-to-day office tasks run smoothly. So it’s important that you are organised, accurate and pay close attention to detail.

Entry requirements can vary a lot between employers. Some may prefer you to have GCSEs including maths and English, and others may test your keyboard, filing and telephone skills instead of asking for qualifications.

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Advertising Media Buyer

As a media buyer you would be responsible for buying advertising space in newspapers and magazines, and on TV, radio and cinema. It would be your job for the ads to reach as much of the target audience as possible. You would need to do this at the lowest cost for the client.

To become an advertising media buyer, you will need to be computer literate. You will need to be persistent and have good attention to detail.

Employers will usually be more interested in your personal qualities rather than your formal qualifications.?

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Business Analyst

Business analysts work closely with companies and organisations to help them change and improve the way they do things. They work in many industries from IT and financial services to telecommunications and retail.

If you like solving problems, are good at analysing data and have excellent communication skills, this could be an ideal career for you..

There are several ways to get into this career. You can complete a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like business or IT, or you can use your experience and expertise gained from managing projects.

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Retail Manager

If you want a challenging career in a fast-moving environment, then this could be the job for you.

As a retail manager, you would be responsible for the day-to-day running of a store, motivating staff to achieve sales targets, organising promotional events and monitoring industry trends.

You can get into this career in a number of ways from working your way up through the company to entering through a graduate trainee scheme.

You will need strong leadership potential, the ability to maximise retail opportunities and be confident in making decisions.

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Human Resources Officer

If you enjoy working with people and you're looking for an office role, this could be the perfect job for you. Human resources (HR) officers, also known as personnel officers, look after hiring and developing employees. They look after their welfare too.

Most employers will want you to have qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. You will also need to have a good standard of general education. Previous experience of office work would help.

To become a human resources officer, you need to be tactful and friendly. Sometimes you’ll need to be firm too. You will also need to be careful with confidential information.

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Marketing Executive

As a marketing executive, you would promote your employer's products, services or ideas. If you love using your communication skills in a creative way, this could be the ideal job for you.

You would need organisational skills to plan product launches, market research and public relations events. Using your confidence and creativity you would also market your products across TV, radio and the press.

Most marketing executives get into this role through completing an HNC/HND or degree. Entry is also possible with relevant experience and professional qualifications.

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Business Adviser

As a business adviser you would give advice and support to help new businesses to start up and established businesses to grow. You might advise on a range of issues including finance and marketing. If you want to use your experience to help businesses, this job could be perfect for you.

You will need excellent spoken and written communication skills. A positive, problem solving attitude will also help you be successful in this job.

To work as business adviser you need experience and a good track record in business management. Most business advisers have run their own business, or worked in management, finance or human resources.

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You will study in The Elizabeth building – an addition to the 1888 Old Victoria building, situated on the college campus, in the heart of Blackburn Town Centre.

You will also benefit from free wireless access throughout the building and a library and resource centre providing in excess of 60 computers and 45,000 books.

Enrichment & Employability

Blackburn College Business & Law students regularly implement business ideas to generate money for charities, and students often run a business publicity roadshow. We hold an annual Dragons’ Den event where students pitch their ideas to a panel of business delegates and students also benefit from regular guest speakers from the legal and retail management fields.

There will be an opportunity to study an additional unit in IFS – the Institute if Financial Services to gain extra UCAS points.

If you study at Level 3 you will also have the opportunity to join the Business Career Academy and gain a 6 week paid internship, an industry mentor and extra UCAS points.

Our tutors also organise social events to attractions such as Manchester United, Alton Towers and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, as well as educational trips London’s Old Bailey, High Court and Houses of Parliament.