|Entry Requirements:||School report and 3 GCSEs grade C or equivalent|
|Language Requirements:||IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent)|
|Ideal For:||Students who want a modular alternative to A-levels|
“The BTEC programme is a good alternative to A-level and is ideal for students who prefer to complete modular assignments. Each assignment will be graded and this mark will count towards their final points. At the end of year one a guaranteed number of UCAS points will have been accrued. It also means students can review their progress at each stage of the 1 or 2-year course; it is not reliant on an end of course exam. The programme can also work alongside A-level for any students who wish to combine the two.” BTEC Course Director
The BTEC Business Course offers an alternative to A-level study. It is a modular based course of 1 or 2-year duration, depending on student requirements and is designed for students who may benefit from a more task-based, vocational approach to learning. The course relies on continuous assessment and, as such, is an attractive option for students who have found that they tend to under-perform in exam conditions. International students will benefit from a programme of English Language tuition, which will supplement the BTEC programme. The BTEC Qualification is widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification on the National Qualifications Framework. The course provides progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and Higher Education Institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A-levels.
The programme provides a timetable of directed study, as well as supervised study periods and optional enrichment classes. Students will study a number of core and further modules. The core modules cover essential business skills including areas such as principles of management, marketing and international business. There are a wide range of further modules including accounting, team building and market research. Students can often study BTEC Modules and A-levels at the same time and the modules to be completed by each student will depend upon their own particular requirements in terms of accreditation required for university entrance. The BTEC approach affords tutors the opportunity of setting group task-based projects where learners are encouraged to work collaboratively. This approach is replicated by undergraduate courses at universities and a BTEC qualification is, therefore, an ideal preparation for progression to study at degree level.
BTEC also enhances a student’s confidence and employability, as students learn to adapt to project work in groups, become familiar with presenting their findings back to the tutor and lots of individual research via self-study. Indeed, universities report that BTEC students are stronger in team work, project work, practical skills, independent learning and presentations. It is another strong stepping stone to University and we would highly recommend in full or part to any student who prefers assignments to exams. Students will take three externally assessed exmas, alongside the assignments, across the two years, so they will gain exam skills; but unlike A-level their overall grade will not just depend on exams at the end of the course.
|2-year BTEC||Core Modules||Further Modules|
|Exploring Business||Cost and Management Accounting|
|Developing a Marketing Campaign||Team Building in Business|
|Personal and Business Finance||Recruitment & Selection Process|
|Managing an Event||Recording Financial Transactions|
|International Business||Market Research|
|Principles of Management||Training and Development|
|Business Decision Making|
How is the course assessed?
BTEC courses are currently assessed on a continuous assessment basis. The Course Tutor provides students with a number of assignments to complete on each module, typically 3 or 4. These assignments allow students to display their knowledge to a Pass, Merit or Distinction Level. These assignments are marked by the Course Tutor and moderated/verified by an Internal Verifier at Bosworth. There is also provision for the Qualification provider to externally verify the grading we have awarded our students.
Leading pathways from the BTEC Business Course include: Economics, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Advertising, Accounting & Finance, International Business, Politics, Retail Management, Travel & Tourism and Hotel Management/ Hospitality. All students receive extensive counselling about which institution and course would be their best choice.
Students have the flexibility to study a combination of the 13 modules over 2-years or they may choose to study some BTEC modules alongside an A-level. 4-5 modules is the equivalent of 1 A-level or 8-9 modules is the equivalent of 2 A-levels, which can be combined with 1 or 2 A-levels over 1 or 2-years.
BTEC Business works really well as an accompaniment to A-level study or as a stand-alone qualification. We believe in tailoring a timetable to suit each individual’s requirements, for example if a student is strong in one particular subject i.e. Maths or Art, they may choose to study an A-level in that subject but then would combine that with approx. 9 modules of BTEC Business over 2-years giving them the desired UCAS points for their chosen course.
BTEC also enhances a student’s confidence and employability, as students learn to adapt to project work in groups, become familiar with presenting their findings back to the tutor and lots of individual research via self-study. Indeed, universities report that BTEC students are stronger in team work, project work, practical skills, independent learning and presentations. It is another strong stepping stone to University and we would highly recommend in full or part to any student who prefers assignments to exams. For more information on UCAS Tariff Points.