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BTEC First qualifications are designed for learners who want to study in the context of a vocational sector. The knowledge, understanding and skills learned in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace.

BTECs are vocationally-related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

They are popular and effective because they enable 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. BTEC Firsts motivate learners and open doors to progression to further study and responsibility in the workplace. 

Course content

Units of study

To achieve the Business Level 2 Extended Certificate, learners need to accumulate 360 credits. The qualification consists of the following units:

Unit No

Unit Name

Number of credits

Unit 1

Enterprise in the business world


Unit 2

Finance for Business


Unit 3

Promoting a brand


Unit 9

Principles of Marketing


Unit 13

Financial Planning and Forecasting


Unit 14

Business Online


Unit 20

Delivering and Improving Customer Service


Unit 24

Work Experience in Business


Unit 31

Managing Personal Finances


Methods of Teaching and Learning

This course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations.


The course includes a work experience placement to give students a realistic insight into the business environment and apply classroom theory to the real world – this is a compulsory element that is required to complete one of the units.


Methods of Assessment

All new vocational courses will be assessed through a mixture of internally assessed assignments and externally assessed exams. External assessment will be set and marked by the exam board. An overall grade of Pass, Merit and Distinction or Distinction Star is then awarded.


The college has excellent ICT facilities and internet access, and you will be completing all your assignments using office software. In addition, you will have access to text books, case studies, as well as the work placement.

Additional Costs

During the course students are charged for printing and there are also costs incurred when privately buying reliable storage devices to back up their electronic files.  Students are expected to present the majority of their work electronically to reduce printing costs but there may some occasions when printing is necessary.  In addition, a number of visits and a work placement will be arranged which may require students to make a contribution towards costs.


This is an excellent course for developing a range of skills needed in either the workplace or in higher qualifications. Many students stay in education and progress onto Level 3 courses subject to achieving a Merit or above in this course.

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