BTEC Nationals are career-based vocational oriented qualifications designed to give learners the skills they need to move on to higher education or go straight into employment. The BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are broadly equivalent to GCE A Levels.
BTEC Nationals are well regarded by universities, further education colleges, and employers. A BTEC National qualification can lead to employment, continuing study, or professional development programmes.
The programme aims to provide learners with an in depth understanding of the operations and structures of businesses and also to equip learners with the skills required to succeed in employment or at university. The course will involve businesses in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
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How does a BTEC work?
BTECs are divided into units, which cover specific areas of knowledge, skills, and understanding required by the particular sector or industry.
Every BTEC learner takes the core units, which provide a broad foundation and understanding about the sector.
There is a range of optional units to choose from which enable learners to focus on particular interests and plans they have for next steps into further study, an apprenticeship, or employment.
The course involves a series of assignments which can be written or activity-based. Learners complete some assignments individually and some as part of a team. For some BTEC courses, learners can also apply their knowledge and skills through work experience.
There are no exams in QCF programmes. Learners will be expected to do some research on organisations and subject content while their complete course work in class and their individual assignments at home.
Learners are required do self-directed study at least minimum of 8 to10 hours a week apart from attending classes at the centre while on the course.
Learners will cover a range of topics related to Business, Finance, Marketing, Management, etc.
The course is available as a 60 credit or a 90 credit course. In all cases, units are at Level 3, are worth 10 credits and are 60 Guided Learning Hours (GLH).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business - QCF (60 Credit) -
Learners need to complete four mandatory units and two optional units
Pearson BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Business - QCF (90 Credit)
Learners need to complete four mandatory units and five optional units.
Learners will be assessed continually through practical coursework, written assignments, preparing reports and giving presentations.
Learners that successfully complete their programme of study could progress onto a level 4 programmes such as Higher National Diplomas or Degree programmes. Learners also could go directly into employment in areas of business, administration, management or start their own business.
Learners would need to have gained a;
Level two qualification (preferably with a Merit)
At least 5 to 4 GCSEs at 4 -5 (C) or above including English and Maths.
Overseas qualifications (equivalent to UK level 2 qualification) with minimum Level 1 English
Work Experience and minimum Level 1 English and Maths
Learners do not have to have studied Business before but an interest in the subject is important.
Learners are expected to have language ability to work on level 3 programme. (Typical evidence having GCSE grade 4 or an equivalent Qualification in English and Maths).
Regardless of the entry requirements (qualifications), all the prospective learners need to complete the initial assessments before enrol on the programme.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business (QCF) – (60 Credit) - £ 2571
Pearson BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Business (QCF) - £4170
Note: for other course fees please contact the centre. The cost of the course will include tuition fees and assessment fees, where applicable.
19+ Advanced Learning Loan
Learners who are aged 19+ and studying a Level 3 course, they may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. The eligible for this loan will depends on learners:
college or training provider
nationality or residency status
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