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Business and enterprise

Develop your entrepreneurial skills and prepare for the challenge of growing a business in highly-competitive global markets.

About our business and enterprise programmes

The focus is on your employability; equipping you with the skills to become an effective team player in organisations ranging from small business start-ups to global corporations.

If you have an entrepreneurial flair, find out how you could turn your passion and ideas into a business reality. With our business and enterprise pathway, you will apply your learning to the real world, working on projects and assignments that challenge you, while developing the soft skills that employers are looking for.

As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to take part in employer-led student projects with local companies and organisations. Recent projects have included planning and delivering a fundraising programme for a local hospice, designing a new young persons’ travel scheme for a local bus company, and developing a brand strategy for a national charity.

By working with external organisations and employers, you will get a real flavour of the realities of working in business. You will hear from guest speakers on a range of areas and you will also take part in work experience throughout your programme, helping you build the skills and confidence to launch your career.

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

What could my future job look like?

Here are some examples of roles and their associated tasks:

  • Business administrator: ensure that an organisation's processes are efficient, helping with budget administration, setting up meetings, ordering supplies and writing up documents
  • Human resources advisor: help organisations recruit employees and manage their workforce, including handling queries related to related to training and rights and responsibilities in the workplace
  • Sales executive: help sell an organisation's products and services, meeting sales targets and maintaining a customer database to maximise sales and profits
  • Senior business development executive: develop business relationships and make decisions that will affect the success of your organisation

The business and enterprise industry

With more than five million businesses in the UK, many organisations are searching right now for skilled team members and decision-makers within a variety of different business functions.

There are significant employment opportunities in this sector, with the number of business-related roles across England forecast to rise by approximately 150,000 in the next eight years.

Business programmes provide an opportunity to specialise in exciting areas and business functions. From sales and marketing, to human resources and business law, there are a wide variety of career options to choose from.


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Industry partnerships

We work closely with partner organisations such as Webexpenses, Siemens Healthineers and Penningtons Manches, a leading law firm, as well as Experience Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) to help you gain a flavour of the realities on working in business. 

This means you will have the opportunity to work in projects set by employers, to take part in work experience opportunities and to listen to guest speakers from business as part of your programme. 

One major project is the Karcher Accumulator Challenge, a competition our business students take part in each year to raise money for a local hospice, the Katharine House Hospice.

This all combines to help you build the skills and confidence you need to kick start and develop your career.