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 gained 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 Diploma, a Level 3 course 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.
A vocational qualification would be considered but it should be accompanied by GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths graded at 3/D or above.
Other BTEC Level 2 qualifications are available, based on your qualifications.
The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate:
The Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Business includes two externally-assessed units (Marketing and Finance). 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.
There is an additional cost for the text book and exam revision guide (students are advised to purchase their own copy).
The BTEC Level 2 First Certificate provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for Level 2 learners to progress to:
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:
While she was at school, Alison Biskup was academically gifted enough to be identified as a potential university student. But there was a drawback – going to university was the last thing she wanted to do.
She wanted to find a job. Derby College has helped her realise that dream. Alison, 19, from Long Eaton, dropped out of sixth form college after a year, having completed four AS Levels.
Through Derby College she found an opportunity to become an apprentice case administrator at growing Derby business Create Finance.
Now she is working towards her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration at Derby College, having already passed Level 2 during her year as an apprentice.
Alison has been taken on as full-time administrator, and has seen her responsibilities grow as she gains more experience. Her role involves working one-to-one with a Create Finance Mortgage broker, looking after documentation and handling calls.
In the future Alison intends to either become a mortgage broker herself or become an expert in mortgage-based administration. She is aiming to take her industry recognised CeMAP qualifications.
Riverside Chambers-based Create Finance was launched in August 2015 by Derby men Gindy Mathoon, who attended Derby Moor Community College and Karl Yeoman, who went to Allestree Woodlands, along with Pete Mugleston who is originally from Nuneaton.
The business has grown to employ 26 people, including the three directors. Gindy said Alison has been with the company for nearly two years and is a very popular member of the team, who gets her work done effectively and with minimal supervision.
He said: "Derby College sources suitable candidates who potentially have the right qualities to work for Create Finance. The administrators are the backbone of the business and without high quality administration we can't grow as a business. We're expanding gradually, and our link with Derby College has allowed us to progress."
Derby College is really good for me. At school I was always encouraged to go to university but it's not something I wanted to do. Really, I just wanted to go out and earn my own living and Derby College has helped me do that. Once I've completed my college courses, I'd like to do my industry CeMAP exams. I'd love to be a broker – either that or become amazing in administration and be somebody who knows all about mortgages.