Business and Retail - Paths for Life and Work


About the course

Would you like to work in business or retail? Does a learning difficulty or a disability make training difficult for you? This course could be your first step to a career in the retail industry.


No formal qualifications are required, but a willingness to move into employment is desirable.

You will learn a range of practical office skills, such using a computer to photocopying.

You will also get involved in running the A-Z stationery shop and working at College events. These offer great opportunities for building practical experience in a number of areas, including dealing with customers and taking payments.

You will also develop your reading and number skills.

You will be assessed through the practical and the theory work , by building a portfolio of  the work. It will then be internally assessed.

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the Edexcel Entry Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Independence and Work, and the Edexcel Entry Level 3 Award in Business Administration. You will also achieve internal qualifications that recognise other skills that you develop.

Following the course, you may progress into paid or voluntary work in the retail industry. You may also choose to study another subject at Entry Level 3.

He seeks and embraces responsibility

Josh Harriman

Josh Harriman

Studied: Practical Woodworking Skills Entry Level 3

As a new student arriving at College, Josh was apprehensive about the unfamiliar environment that he found himself in. Showing dedication and bravery, Josh has transformed from the person he was 2 years ago.

He seeks and embraces responsibility, utilises his initiative to achieve his goals and is ever more willing to embrace the ‘new’. From being able to initiate and maintain conversations, express himself with clarity and depth, to drawing, planning and constructing his wood projects, Josh epitomises the very essence of personal growth.

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How to apply

How to apply

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