Julia EllisHead of Vocational Business
BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.
BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-Levels.
BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-Level.
Why should I study this subject?
These are specialist courses which focus on the education and training of students who are interested in a career in business.
They are vocational qualifications which mean that whilst providing one, two or three A-Level equivalent qualification in Business they also provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop skills for employment. They can also lead to further study in Business related fields at university.
You can follow a BTEC Business course at New College in one of three ways:
BTEC Extended Certificate which over 2 years is equivalent to 1 A-Level and will cover all of the core units plus an additional 2 units including, for example, health and safety at work.
BTEC Diploma which over 2 years is equivalent to 2 A-Levels and will cover all of the core units plus an additional 8 units including, for example, developing working in teams.
BTEC Extended Diploma which over 2 years is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and will cover all of the core units plus an additional 14 units including, for example, retail management.
What will I study?
The new BTECs are made up of mandatory and optional units. Mandatory units are assessed in three ways: by assignments that are set and marked by staff at New College, tasks that are set and marked by the exam board and written exams that are set and marked by the exam board. Optional units are set and marked by staff at New College.
What are the entry requirements?
Level 4 in English Language and Level 4 in Maths.
What skills do I need?
In order to succeed in the BTEC Extended Certificate/Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Business you need to be punctual, well organised and have good attention to detail. It helps if you are IT literate, creative and you are a good time manager. Additionally you need to be able to work hard and meet deadlines.
How will I be taught?
You will be required to complete coursework tasks and prepare for an examined unit, your course work could be made up of :
- Written reports
- PowerPoint presentations
- Role plays or
- web based tasks.
The examined unit will be Personal and Business Finance.
How will I be assessed?
The course offers a balanced range of assessment methods so that learners can demonstrate their knowledge in a range of scenarios:
Extended Certificate – 2 assignments set and marked internally; a task set and marked by Pearsons plus a written exam set and marked by Pearsons
Diploma – 5 assignments set and marked internally; 2 tasks set and marked by Pearsons plus a written exam set and marked by Pearsons
Extended Diploma – 9 assignments set and marked internally; 3 tasks set and marked by Pearsons plus a written exam set and marked by Pearsons.
What will the course prepare me for?
All our BTEC courses prepare students for employment in an appropriate vocational sector or to progress on to a higher educational programme of study.
How much private study should I expect to do?
In order to meet coursework deadlines and prepare for exams you will be expected to do at least six hours private study a week.
What materials will I need to purchase?
Basic stationery is needed for the Extended Certificate/Diploma/ Extended Diploma and ideally a USB/Memory stick.
What is the exam board?
The exam board is Pearsons, formerly Edexcel.
This subject is for you if…
you are looking for an excellent introduction to a real business career or further studies in a vocationally business area.
This subject is not for you if…
you are not prepared to work hard both in and outside of lessons and are unable to meet deadlines.
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