Level 1 Diploma in Business Level 1

Qualification Level 1 Diploma in Business Level 1
Subject Area Business
Age Group(s) 16-18 year olds

Designed to be taken over one year, giving learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills in the business sector and supporting progression on to further study.

Course Content

Diploma in Business is designed around practical skills and tasks that place an emphasis on learners demonstrating what they can do rather than what they know in theory. The qualifications give learners the opportunity to acquire and develop generic, transferable, and sector-specific skills in order to complete tasks and demonstrate a level of achievement that enables them to progress to further learning.

All learners taking these qualifications will study core units that focus on key transferable skills such as research and planning, time management and working with others. Learners will also take a number of sector units. The content of the sector units offers a broad introduction to the skills and knowledge within that sector allowing the delivery to be practical and active to engage the learners.

For business, the units cover activities such as role-playing customer service situations, pitching business ideas and creating visual displays.

Course Outcomes

The mode of delivery and assessment in the units is designed to build awareness of a sector and

the skills required to work in it. Learners will be given contexts and scenarios to help them develop skills and to acquire knowledge through application. Learners will not develop all the knowledge and

skills needed to enter the labour market in a given sector but will develop pre-employability skills and contextualised knowledge to allow them to progress to further learning and training and, ultimately, to become successful in their chosen sector.


Diploma in Business are primarily for all learners who want to continue their education and develop their skills for progression to further learning and, ultimately, to employment. These qualifications prepare learners for further learning at a higher level in business. The development of transferable skills means that learners can also choose a study programme from alternative sectors. For example, these qualifications in business could lead to Pearson BTEC Level 2 qualifications in this sector, or to the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Apprenticeship in Retail, or to Level 2 qualifications in other sectors.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades 2 (E) including English and maths or Level 1 Functional Skills


All units in these qualifications are internally assessed.

Equipment Required

There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification.



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