This course is aimed at school leavers, or students progressing from a suitable Level 1 programme who wish to gain broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in the Business sector.
Students enrolling to this course must attend an informal interview. For learners who have recently been in education, the profile is likely to include one of the following:
- A BTEC Level 1 qualification in a related vocational area
- 5 GCSEs at grades 3 or above
- Other Level 1 qualifications
This course consists of units such as:
- Enterprise in the Business World
- Finance for Business
- Principles of Marketing
- Promoting a Brand
- Principles of Customer Services
- Small Business Planning
- Introducing Law and Consumer Rights
- Effective Business Communication
Through a combination of written assignments, external assessments and reviews, the Extended Certificate provides the level two learner with the knowledge, skills and understanding that provide a platform for success both with business and elsewhere. The course is effective because it engages learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: teamworking; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.
The Pearson BTEC First Extended Certificate has mandatory and optional specialist units, which are graded from Level 2 PP to Level 2 D*D*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may achieve a grade of Level 1 Pass. Learners whose level of achievement is below Level 1 will receive an Unclassified (U) result.
The qualification has units that the centre assesses (internal) and units that Pearson sets and marks (external).
The Level 2 Business supports progression to specialised Level 3 qualifications in Business, or to an Apprenticeship. It also gives learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment in a wide range of job roles.
The College will recruit learners to BTEC qualifications with integrity. It is expected that students will make every effort to attend all sessions and have a commitment to completing the course. Those students with work and/or family commitments should be aware of the duration of the course and the need to attend all classes. The college will take appropriate steps to assess each applicant's potential and make a professional judgement about their ability to complete the programme of study successfully and achieve the qualification. This will include ensuring that applicants have appropriate information and advice about the qualification and that the qualification will meet their needs.