The BTEC qualifications in this specification are undertaken in further education, by sixth-form colleges, schools and other training providers, and have been since they were introduced in 1984. Their purpose, approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are established and understood by teaching professionals, employers and learners alike.
The BTEC qualifications in this specification have been revised to fit the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The revised titles are:
- Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Business (3 months)
- Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business (6 months)
- Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Business (9 months)
- Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (1 year)
- Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business (1 year & 6 months)
The BTEC qualifications in this specification are QCF level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. These qualifications accredit the achievement for courses and programmes of study for full-time or part-time learners in schools, colleges and other training provider organisations. The qualifications provide career development opportunities for those already in work, and progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions.
The BTEC qualifications in this specification provide much of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards for the sector, where these are appropriate.
They are supported by the relevant Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and/or Standards Setting Bodies (SSBs).
Certain BTEC qualifications are recognised as Technical Certificates and form part of the Apprenticeship Framework. They attract UCAS points that equate to similar-sized general qualifications within education institutions within the UK.
On successful completion of a BTEC level 3 qualification, a learner can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area. It should be noted that the titling conventions for the revised QCF versions of the BTEC Firsts have also changed; see the relevant BTEC specifications on our website (www.edexcel.com).
The QCF is a framework which awards credit for qualifications and units, presenting qualifications in a way that is easy to understand and measure. It enables learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes.
BTEC courses can have their certificates attested by the following bodies:
- British Council (UAE & World Wide)
- Notary Public, UK
- UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Embassy of UAE, London
- UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs