Skills for Business - NCFE Level 2 Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Business

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


This qualification is ideal for those that want to work in a Business environment whether it is working in a large corporate company or a small independent Business.

This qualification aims to provide learners with:

  • an understanding of the essential skills required to work successfully in a business environment
  • the skills required to solve problems in a business environment
  • an understanding of business culture and responsibilities
  • the ability to successfully communicate and work with others in a business environment
  • the opportunity to develop the skills required to manage and improve their own performance in a business environment.

Upon completion of the units you will receive a  Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Business awarded by NCFE who is a nationally recognised awarding body.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

The course is aimed at anyone with a passion to be involved in  Business. 

You do not need any previous experience or knowledge in this area, simply be motivated with the desire to achieve.

Applications are welcome from 16-19 years.

Qualification Gained

  • NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Business
  • Potential to gain - Functional skills Maths or English or GCSE Maths or English (if not previously gained)

"This is course has allowed me to progress to the next level of my carrer aspirations."

Michael Janes
BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Business Administration – (Foundation Learning)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Trainee Business Manager - £16,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Consultant Experienced Business Manager - £25,000-£40,000

Senior Level Role

Senior Business Manager - £50,000-£60,000

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

The course is delivered by staff who are highly experienced in the Business sector and will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to enter into the world of work and equip you for the challenges ahead.

People who work in the Business sector need a range of practical and academic skills. We will assist you to develop these skills and knowledge so that you can progress to the career of your choice in the future.

You will learn about:

  • Running business projects
  • Business Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Business Documentation
  • Innovation in a business environment
  • Solve problems in a business environment

You will develop skills in:

  • Event Management
  • Customer service
  • Financial planning
  • Marketing and how to work with others
  • Using the internet
  • Communicating effectively in the workplace
  • Writing for different business purposes

You will practice these skills through a variety of "hands on" tasks such as running your own business event and setting up mobile shops. We have a new purpose built retail unit and you will be expected to contribute to the running of this.

You will also have the opportunity to develop skills within the community through fund raising events and volunteering opportunities.

Maths and English form part of every programme of study for students who have yet to secure a GCSE grade C or above, in these subjects.

This will enhance job and career opportunities, and where appropriate, progression to higher education. Students who undertake GCSE English or Maths will be required to purchase a revision guide and workbook (£5.00), and those undertaking Maths will also be required to purchase a scientific calculator (about £7.00).

These can be purchased from the college or from any good stationers.

Learning Methods

The information will be delivered through a combination of formal taught sessions and simulated activities. You will be expected to participate in group work and individual tasks.

There will be a range of enrichment activities such as experience workshops, micro business surgeries and networking events that are attended by a wide range of local and national businesses, master classes from top entrepreneurs and the chance to work on real life business challenges set by companies.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through written work, observations and simulated tasks within class as well as the projects you participate in outside of the classroom environment.

There are no examinations.

Progression Opportunities

You can progress onto the Level 3 Subsidiary / 90 Credit Diploma in Business or employment within a Business environment dependent on outcome and English / Maths Grades.

Career Opportunities

You can apply to work within any public or private Business sector such as office work, shop work, secretarial work, personal assistant or administration within environments such as hotels, banks, hospitals.

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSE’s at Grade D or above.  This must include either English or Maths at Grade D or above.

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.0 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

£100 course costs which will be used to provide you with the following:

  • A core text book.
  • The opportunity to participate in at least 5 enrichment activities such as trips or guest lectures.

You may be eligible for help with these costs depending on your circumstances.

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.