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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: N

Course Summary

BTEC First qualifications were originally designed for use in colleges, schools and the workplace as an introductory course for learners who want to study in the context of a vocational sector.

The knowledge, understanding and skills learned in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace. This qualification gives progression to the BTEC First Certificate, BTEC Extended First Certificate, BTEC First Diploma or an apprenticeship.

BTECs are vocationally-related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. They are popular and effective because they enable learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace.

These skills include: teamworking; problem solving; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners and open doors to progression to further study and responsibility in the workplace.

Entry requirements

You need:

  • GCSE English Language 2/E or above
  • Three further GCSEs graded 2/E or above (Maths should be graded at least 2/E) 

A vocational qualification would be considered but it should be accompanied by GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths graded at 2/E or above.

Other BTEC Level 2 qualifications are available, based on your qualifications.

Course Content

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award: 

  • has mandatory and optional specialist units 
  • has one unit that is externally assessed: Pearson sets and marks these assessments
  • is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction

How will I be assessed?

The Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Award includes one externally-assessed unit. This will help learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to related academic qualifications.

The remaining units are internally assessed (assignments). Internal assessment allows learners to develop a wider range of skills and provides evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Evidence for assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including role play, practical performance and verbal presentations. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is an additional cost for the text book and exam revision guide (students are advised to purchase their own copy).

What can I do after this course?

The BTEC Level 2 First Award provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for Level 2 learners to progress to: 

  • other Level 2 vocational qualifications and related competence-based qualifications for the business sector 
  • competency-based qualifications such as the Pearson BTEC NVQ Level 2 in either Business Administration or Team Leading
  • employment within the business industry, for example entry level job roles within the sector. 


These qualifications have a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and lead to a range of career options to reflect the breadth of pathways within the business sector.  Career progression includes:

  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Sales 
  • Retail
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Customer Service



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Libbi Myers

Libbi Myers

Lockdown picnic box success for former Roundhouse business student

Former Derby College business studies student Libbi Myers is enjoying great success with her new venture, The Fuddle Box Co, which she created during lockdown.  
But the entrepreneurial 21-year-old, says she wouldn’t have been able to go into business without the help she received while studying at the Roundhouse.  
Libbi, who has Asperger’s, said the support she received from staff on her level 3 course – as well as learning in an open, airy building with plenty of natural light – helped her reach her potential.   Initially it was recommended that Libbi start on level 2 as she’d had issues with attendance in the past.  
She said: “Asperger’s doesn’t affect me intellectually – I got good GCSE grades at school – but I do struggle with the social side of learning. My lecturer, Lorna wanted to give me the chance to prove myself and suggested that I did level 2 for a couple of weeks and, if that went ok, I could move on to level 3. Lorna gave me the motivation I needed and without her I wouldn’t be where I am today, running my own business.”  
Libbi, who co-owns the Bean Café in Friar Gate Studios with her dad, came up with the idea of creating a picnic in a box, while at home during lockdown.  
She bought a selection of sweet and savoury picnic favourites, then put photos of the “fuddle” boxes on Instagram to promote them. In her first weekend of trading, at the end of May, she received 30 orders, with numbers reaching a capacity of 80 on the weekend of Father’s Day in June.  
Libbi added: “So many of the business skills I use every day were acquired on my course at Derby College. I learned so much about marketing and finance, and taking the course also gave me the confidence to start a business.”

So many of the business skills I use every day were acquired on my course at Derby College. I learned so much about marketing and finance, and taking the course also gave me the confidence to start a business.


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