The Enterprise Academy is a highly innovative and exciting course to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow based on a ‘learn by doing’ philosophy.

The programme has been developed to enable students to start up and run a fully functioning business.
The course is focused on developing entrepreneurial talent and will allow students to improve their employability skills through the start-up process and through interactions with experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals.

During your time at college you will participate in lectures, workshops, tutorials as well as hands on enterprise activities, challenges and business seminars with employers and entrepreneurs. You will also be required to set up and run a business venture with other students on the course.

Our tutors possess actual business knowledge. Leading employers offer not only their time but also real life business expertise.

During your year on the course you will study the following units:

The Entrepreneurial Mindset
Creating a Vision for your Business Plan
The Business Environment
Researching your Market
The Marketing Plan
Financial Modelling and Forecasting
Planning and Pitching your Business Plan
Leadership and Teamwork
Toolkits for Idea Generation
Managing Personal Finance
Enterprise in the Workplace

You will also get to:

  • Work on real life business challenges
  • Start your own business
  • Attend 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

In addition you can study Functional Skills in maths and English. English and Maths provide the skills you need to operate confidently, effectively and independently in learning, life and work. We are committed to developing these skills throughout your time with us.

You will receive an initial assessment and, if you have not already achieved A* - C GCSE in these subjects you will be supported in working towards this during your time with us in specialist classes at a level appropriate to you. If you have already achieved A*-C, you will continue to have these vital skills developed.

Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets. Formal assessment is through assignments, projects, presentations and practical assessments which are set at regular intervals throughout the course.

Assessment is 100% coursework

As part of your Level 2 course you will set up and run your own business partnership, demonstrating and implementing key business skills, knowledge and developing essential employability skills

On successful completion of the course you are well placed to start up your own company, gain employment or you can progress to the Level 3 course in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. 

Level 2 – 4 x GCSE grade D or level 3 (including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements

You will attend a formal interview here at Oldham College to discuss your qualification, career aims and aspirations to ensure we recommend the right career path for you.

Business Career Skills Level 2


Business Development Manager
Client Service Assistant
Marketing Assistant
Recruitment Consultant
Self Employment

National Careers Advice

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