Enterprise

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is a highly innovative and exciting course. This level 3 programme has been developed to enable learners to start up and run a fully functioning business. Upon leaving the course, learners will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and support needed to run a successful enterprise.

Learners successfully completing the course will achieve a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship which is equivalent to two and a half A Levels. Learners also achieve crucial business skills and knowledge, improved confidence and the entrepreneurial ability to set up and run a business venture. They will gain invaluable experience of the real world of work through regular guest speakers and seminars, work placements and running their own business.

From this course, students will gain enough UCAS points to progress onto university, if their business isn’t up and running. Learners can progress onto courses including but not limited to, Business Management, Human Resources Management and Marketing.

You will study a range of units which are:
•           The Innovative Entrepreneur
•           Business Planning & Pitching
•           Financial Planning
•           Launching your Business Vision
•           Monitoring the Performance of your Business
•           International Business
•           Planning your Future Business Strategy
•           Leadership and Team Work
•           Working as an Intrapreneur or Social Enterprise
•           Market Research
•           E Marketing & Web Design
•           Brand Development & Promotion

The main units you will study at the beginning of the course are designed to allow you to start thinking as an entrepreneur and gain creative skills and thinking in order to develop your business idea. Learners will then move on to learn about marketing and finance and working in a successful team.

You'll also gain experience on the following:

•           Real life business challenges
•           Master classes, workshops, micro business surgeries and networking events
•           Receive coaching from real business owners
•           Undertake a personal and professional development programme designed to guide you and support your business aspirations 

This course is all coursework based, involving no exams. Assessment methods include blogs, professional discussion, reports and practical elements such as working in a team and Dragons Den style pitch.

Learners will be placed on a two week placement in a highly respected company, which is in a business area to suit their needs. We will work with each learner to understand what skills you are looking to develop and what kind of area you are interested in working. It could be that you want to gain experience of working in the sector in which your business is running in. If so we will provide support and guidance to ensure your work placement is relevant and will help to develop key skills.

Upon completion of the course, learners can run their own business venture, progress into employment or undertake university level study. 

On successful completion of this qualification you will be able to progress to the following programmes which are offered by University Campus Oldham (UCO):

(BA Hons) Business Management
Foundation degree in Business and Enterprise
Level 3 – 4 x GCSE grades A-C or level 4-9 ( including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
Oldham College also offers the Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 1 year fast track course, which learners complete in 1 year, whilst also gaining enough UCAS points for university.

There are other course which are business related which learners may also find interesting as follows:

Business Career Skills Level 3
Business Leadership Academy Level 3

Both of these courses allow learner to develop their knowledge of working in a business and how they operate. Most of your students from these course go on to do university degrees in a business related area such as management or human resources.

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development