Subject: BTEC Public Services

Subject: Level 2 BTEC Public Services

BTEC First qualifications were originally designed for use in colleges, schools and the workplace as an introductory Level 2 course for learners wanting to study in the context of a vocational sector. This is still relevant today. The knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. In the public services sector, typical employment opportunities may include working as a police officer or as a housing officer. 

Skills Attained:

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; 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 into further study and responsibility within the workplace. 

Assessment:

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate:

● has core, mandatory and optional specialist units

● has 25% of the qualification that is externally assessed. Pearson sets and marks these assessments

● is graded from Level 2 PP to Level 2 D*D*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may achieve a grade of Level 1 Pass. Learners whose level of achievement is below Level 1 will receive an Unclassified (U) result

Future Opportunities:

The aim of all qualifications in the BTEC First suite in Public Services is to:

● inspire and motivate learners to consider a career in the public services sector

● give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the public services sector

● support progression into specialised Level 3 qualifications in public services, or progression into an Apprenticeship

● give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of job roles.