At Riverside College, Business Studies comes to life! Our aim is to equip you with the widest range of up to date business skills that will launch your career in this cutting edge professional environment.

Business and Retail Courses Riverside College

Our provision specialises in a range of business subjects covering retail, marketing, finance, travel and enterprise. Whether you want to enter employment, progress to higher education or start your own business we will ensure that you are prepared for success in the modern business world. The key to our success is the strong links we have with higher education, employers and enterprise organisations that ensure your learning experience mirrors the commercial world.

Courses available in Business and Retail

Below is a full list of Business courses available at Riverside College. Please refer to the entry
requirements further down the page to help identify which level is right for you.

Level Qualification Course Title
1 BTEC Diploma Business & IT
2 Technical Certificate Business & Employability
2 BTEC Extended Certificate Business & Retail
3 BTEC Extended Diploma Business

Career Paths:

  • Retail Management / Buying
  • Receptionist
  • Retail Manager
  • Personal Assistant
  • Systems Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Banker
  • Stockbroker
  • Events Co-ordinator
  • Office Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Human Resources
  • Journalist

Once you have made an application to the college you will be invited in for an interview with the admissions team who will help to identify the right course, at the right level to meet your goals and aspirations.

Unique experience

  • Guest speakers including Stephen Hester, CEO of RSA Insurance Group, ‘Dragons’ Den’ winners and ‘The Apprentice’ finalists
  • Work placements with large employers including Marks and Spencer, Bentley Motors, Evolution and O2
  • Trips to high profile employers including Jaguar Land Rover and Chester Zoo
  • International trips including Barcelona and Disneyland Paris
  • Entrepreneur Academy which will equip you with an achievable business plan to start your own business by the end of your course
  • Enter the National Enterprise ‘Make your Mark’ competition

Entry Requirements

Level 3

A minimum of five 9-4 GCSE subject grades, including English Language and Maths.

Level 2

A minimum of four 9-3 GCSE subject grades, including English Language.

Level 1

A minimum of four 9-2 GCSE subject grades, including English Language.

What could these courses lead on to?

At Riverside College you can progress through the levels from entry to level 3 and beyond. By achieving qualifications in business you will be able to start your career in a wide range of fields such as accounting, marketing, human resources, management, teaching, events and retail management or even start your own business. For business students the career options are endless.

Following the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma you can progress to some of the very best universities in the UK. You can study business on its own or combine it with law, economics, accounting, maths, travel and tourism, marketing, human resources or a language.