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Level 1 Diploma (Laser)

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Business - Level 1 Diploma SF-BUIT1D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (1 years)

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This course will explore elements of Business and will help you develop key skills to enable you to seek work or further study. You will learn in a coaching-style environment where you are encouraged to learn through individual effort and teamwork. This course will also help to grow your self-confidence. You and your fellow students will come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This Level 1 is an ideal platform to help you in your next steps. Not only will you attain the qualification, but you will also strengthen your English and Mathematics skills.

Employability skills you will develop include:

– Communication and presentation

– Planning and organising work, money, activities and events

– Team working

– Basic IT skills

We hope that this course will spark ideas and ambition for further study or career plans.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 2 and above including either Mathematics or English.

On this Level 1 course at HSDC South Downs, you will study:

  • Understanding Business and Enterprise
  • Business Communications and Presentation
  • Basic Microsoft Packages and Skills
  • CV Writing and Preparing for Work
  • Basic Budgeting and Finance
  • Communication and Team Working Skills

HSDC offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches and support. You will have access to all of these, including the Learning Hub (library), careers advice and health and wellbeing, to name a few.

We teach in a small class of approximately 10-15 students and work in a caring and collaborative way with a nominated tutor. We use our Google Education suite, working through units of study until they are complete, through the use of PowerPoint presentations and worksheets with some independent research and study. 

Students will be required to undertake one week of work experience as a part of their programme.

You will be assessed through the completion of projects and assignments.

Students are able to progress into full time work or onto a relevant Level 2 course.

Your tutors have worked in banking, economic development, manufacturing, retail, charity, public sector and project management. HSDC South Downs has many employer links locally and will work with you to develop your contacts.

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook