Diploma in Business
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Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Diploma qualifications in Business are designed for international schools and colleges. They are part of an international suite of BTEC Firsts qualifications offered by Pearson. The purpose of this specification is to set out:
- The aim/objective of the qualifications
- The structure and rules of combination of these qualifications
- The resources required by the centre to offer these qualifications
- The knowledge, skills and understanding which will be assessed as part of these qualifications
- The method of assessment and any associated requirements relating to it
- The criteria against which learners’ level of attainment will be measured (for example assessment criteria).
Pearson’s international suite of BTEC First qualifications
Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications make up our international suite of BTEC Firsts provision. These qualifications are designed in a range of sectors for learners who wish to explore a work-related vocational qualification or specific industry area. They offer learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. On successful completion of a Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualification, learners can progress to continued study in the same or related vocational area and/or within employment.
Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Diploma
The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Diploma extends the work-related focus from the Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Extended Certificate, with broader coverage of knowledge and practical skills required for the vocational sector. Potentially the qualification could prepare learners for progression to an appropriate Level 3 programme in the same or related vocational area or, for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work, for progression to employment in the appropriate vocational sector.
Aim of the Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications in Business
The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Diploma qualifications in Business have been developed in the business sector to:
- Give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the business sector or to progress to Level 3 vocational qualifications.
- Provide education and training for business employees.
- Give opportunities for business employees to achieve a Level 2 vocationally specific qualification.
- Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications in Business have been designed to address the needs of Level 2 learners in key areas, including interpersonal skills and customer service. Learners have the opportunity to develop skills to support them as they build relationships with a wide variety of customers, internal and external, to a range of business environments. A range of specialist units are included to allow centres to offer innovative, imaginative and creative curriculum to meet their learner needs.
Specialist areas include:
- Finance, both personal and business, together with bookkeeping, which supports development of basic financial principles.
- Working in business teams and team leading.
- Business support or administration, which supports development of practical administration skills including office systems and equipment, meeting support and filing systems.
- Personal selling, which helps learners to understand the personal selling process.
- Aspects of business online and how this can support businesses to develop opportunities.
- Aspects of retailing such as promoting, branding and visual merchandising.
- Consumer rights.
- Business ethics.
- Lean management techniques.
- Enterprise and business start-up, which is available at both Level 2 and Level 3 in the qualification.
The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications in Business offer course teams in centres an opportunity to develop their own assignments/activities, to take into account the needs of both local employers and their learners. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace assessment, role play and oral presentation. Delivery strategies should reflect the nature of work within the business sector by encouraging learners to research and carry out assessment in the workplace or in simulated working conditions wherever possible.
Business employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods. The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications in Business provide opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course. This can be through presentations and discussions in which they have the opportunity to express their opinions. Learners should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking into account industry standards for behaviour and performance. It will be beneficial to learners to use local business examples wherever possible, and for centres to engage with local employers for support and input.
The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications in Business provide a route to employment into the many diverse areas of business. These could include:
- Roles in specialist areas such as marketing, finance, customer service or human resources in large organisations.
- A more generic role in a small local business.
The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Diploma in Business qualification has a minimum total of 600 Notional Learning Hours (NLH). Learners must achieve four mandatory units and optional units that provide for a combined minimum total value of 60 to achieve the qualification.
The assessment of Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications is criterion-referenced and the centre is required to assess learners’ evidence against published outcomes of learning and assessment criteria.
Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:
- To achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria
- To achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria
- To achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.
A grading scale of pass, merit and distinction is applied to all units.
Quality assurance is at the heart of Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications on Pearson’s Self-regulated Framework. The centre internally assesses these qualifications and is responsible for making sure that all assessors and Internal Verifiers adhere to their internal verification processes, to ensure consistency and validity of the assessment process. Pearson uses quality assurance to check that all centres are working to the agreed standard. It gives us the opportunity to identify and provide support, if needed, to safeguard certification.
Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications consist of mandatory units and optional units. Optional units are designed to provide a focus to the qualification and give more specialist opportunities in the sector. In Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications each unit shows both the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) and the Notional Learning Hours (NLH).
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are defined as all the times when a tutor, trainer or facilitator is present to give specific guidance towards the outcome of learning being studied on a programme. This definition includes lectures, tutorials and supervised study, for example in open learning centres and learning workshops. It also includes time spent by staff assessing learners’ achievements. It does not include time spent by staff in day-to-day marking of assignments where the learner is not present. Guided learning hours form part of the Notional Learning Hours for a unit.
Notional Learning Hours (NLH) are defined as the total amount of time a learner is expected to take, on average, to complete the unit to the required standard, including teaching, study and assessment time.
Mode of Delivery
For Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications, centres are free to offer the qualifications using any mode of delivery that meets their learners’ needs. Delivery staff and assessors need to ensure that appropriate links are made between theory and practical application and that the knowledge base is applied to the sector.
Whichever mode of delivery is used, centres must ensure that learners have appropriate access to the resources identified in the specification and to the subject specialists delivering the units. Centres must have due regard to Pearson’s policies that may apply to different modes of delivery.
These qualifications are suitable for learners aged 14 and above. Centres must give due regard to Pearson’s policies that apply to the fair and equal recruitment of learners to all Pearson qualifications.
Centres should take appropriate steps to assess each learner’s potential and make a professional judgement about their ability to successfully complete the programme of study and achieve the qualification.
Centres will need to review the entry profile of qualifications and/or experience held by applicants, considering whether this profile shows an ability to progress to a Level 2 qualification. For learners who have recently been in education, the profile is likely to include one of the following:
- A BTEC Level 1 qualification in business or in a related vocational area.
- A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSEs/International GCSEs at grade D-G.
- Other related Level 1 qualifications.
- Related work experience.
More mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include experience of paid and/or unpaid employment.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a method of assessment that considers whether a learner can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and so do not need to develop through a course of learning.
Pearson encourages centres to recognise learners’ previous achievements and experiences whether at work, home and at leisure, as well as in the classroom. RPL provides a route for the recognition of the achievements resulting from continuous learning. RPL enables recognition of achievement from a range of activities using any valid assessment methodology. Provided that the assessment requirements of a given unit or qualification have been met, the use of RPL is acceptable for accrediting a unit, units or a whole qualification. Evidence of learning must be sufficient, reliable and valid.