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Business Skills

The title of this course is Business Skills, and that is exactly what it covers. What skills do you need in business? You will cover anything from getting a job, writing a letter or a report, doing a presentation, word-processing and other computer applications. As you can see there are many different skills involved in these varied functions. Many of the skills you will cover will also benefit you in your studies.

The areas covered are also fundamental to your everyday life whether you are applying for a job, writing a letter to apply for a grant or a mortgage, working out your personal finances on your computer, speaking at a special anniversary or conducting a meeting of your local music society.

Whatever your career or your interests, in today's business environments you need to be able to communicate and to use a computer!

 

Unit 1  - Study Skills

 

Introduction

Objectives

Approaches to learning

Organising yourself for study

Reading skills

Getting to know your textbooks

Notetaking skills

Preparing assignments

Unit Summary

References

 

Unit 2 - Business Communication

Introduction

Communication: Some Theories and Models

Barriers to Communication

Formal and Informal Communication

Unit 3 - Effective Business Writing

Introduction

Introduction to Effective Business Writing

Writing Letters, Memos and Faxes

Writing Effective Reports

Unit 4 - Presentation and Social Interaction Skills

Introduction

Objectives

Oral Presentations

Business Meetings

Self Presentation for Job Selection

Organisational Culture and Recruitment 

Unit 5 - An Introduction to Computers and Windows

Introduction

An Introduction to Windows

Controlling windows

Using Computer Disks

Launching Applications 2

Working with Files

Filing Structures

Computer Viruses

Changing Your Windows Settings

Unit 6 - Wordprocessing with Word

Introduction

What Can Your Wordprocessor Do?

Finding Your Way

Basic Styles

More Wordprocessing Techniques

Formatting Paragraphs

Other Features

Finishing Your Documents and Moving Forward

Unit 7 - Spreadsheets using Excel

Introduction

Introduction to Spreadsheets

Basic Excel Techniques

Using Formulae and Functions

Formatting: Changing the Appearance of the Worksheet

Basic Charting

Advanced Functions

Using a Worksheet for "Database" Activities

Worksheet Construction

Unit 8 - Databases Using Access

Introduction

Database Basics

Creating a Table and Using Forms

Reports

Relational Databases and Queries

Field Validation

Labels

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

 

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

What is NCFE

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

For more information on this award, click here

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Business Skills Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Business Skills

The title of this course is Business Skills, and that is exactly what it covers. What skills do you need in business? You will cover anything from getting a job, writing a letter or a report, doing a presentation, word-processing and other computer applications. As you can see there are many different skills involved in these varied functions. Many of the skills you will cover will also benefit you in your studies.

The areas covered are also fundamental to your everyday life whether you are applying for a job, writing a letter to apply for a grant or a mortgage, working out your personal finances on your computer, speaking at a special anniversary or conducting a meeting of your local music society.

Whatever your career or your interests, in today's business environments you need to be able to communicate and to use a computer!

 

Unit 1  - Study Skills

 

Introduction

Objectives

Approaches to learning

Organising yourself for study

Reading skills

Getting to know your textbooks

Notetaking skills

Preparing assignments

Unit Summary

References

 

Unit 2 - Business Communication

Introduction

Communication: Some Theories and Models

Barriers to Communication

Formal and Informal Communication

Unit 3 - Effective Business Writing

Introduction

Introduction to Effective Business Writing

Writing Letters, Memos and Faxes

Writing Effective Reports

Unit 4 - Presentation and Social Interaction Skills

Introduction

Objectives

Oral Presentations

Business Meetings

Self Presentation for Job Selection

Organisational Culture and Recruitment 

Unit 5 - An Introduction to Computers and Windows

Introduction

An Introduction to Windows

Controlling windows

Using Computer Disks

Launching Applications 2

Working with Files

Filing Structures

Computer Viruses

Changing Your Windows Settings

Unit 6 - Wordprocessing with Word

Introduction

What Can Your Wordprocessor Do?

Finding Your Way

Basic Styles

More Wordprocessing Techniques

Formatting Paragraphs

Other Features

Finishing Your Documents and Moving Forward

Unit 7 - Spreadsheets using Excel

Introduction

Introduction to Spreadsheets

Basic Excel Techniques

Using Formulae and Functions

Formatting: Changing the Appearance of the Worksheet

Basic Charting

Advanced Functions

Using a Worksheet for "Database" Activities

Worksheet Construction

Unit 8 - Databases Using Access

Introduction

Database Basics

Creating a Table and Using Forms

Reports

Relational Databases and Queries

Field Validation

Labels

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

 

Modules

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

What is NCFE

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

For more information on this award, click here

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Business Skills Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

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