BTEC Subjects

PATHWAY B: BTECS

Entry requirements
 Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics and
 Three C grades at GCSE or two C grades and a grade 4 in English Literature.

BTEC National and Extended National Diploma and National Extended
Certificate
These are equivalent to standard A Levels but use more varied assessment methods such as
coursework and controlled assessments.

 BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and is often taken
alongside other BTEC or A Level subjects.

 BTEC National Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels and often taken with another BTEC or A
Level subject.

 BTEC Extended National Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and should not be studied
with any other qualifications.

What could this qualification lead to?

These qualifications carry UCAS points and are recognised by higher education providers as
contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses if taken alongside
other Level 3 qualifications as part of a programme of learning. Depending on the other
qualifications students have taken, they can progress to a degree programme in line with the
sector they have studied. Progression can be direct to an honours degree or to a Higher National,
a Foundation Degree, or a Higher Apprenticeship. Learners should always check the entry
requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

At JFS we offer:

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business
(equivalent to one A Level)

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with schools to ensure that it
supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been
involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current
practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the business sector.
Learners taking this qualification will study mandatory units, which make up 100% of the
learning programme covering the following content areas:
• business environments
• marketing and budgeting.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business (equivalent to two A Levels)
Comprises eight units of which six are mandatory and three are external.

Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (45%).
The Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16-19 study programme for learners who
want a strong core of sector study. The proportion of mandatory content ensures that all
learners are following a coherent programme of study and are acquiring the knowledge,
understanding and skills that will be recognized and valued. The mandatory units are:
 Exploring Business
 Developing a Marketing Campaign
 Personal and Business Finance
 Managing an Event
 International Business
 Principles of Management
Externally assessed units
The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the business suite are:
 Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a
written outcome.
 Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate
understanding through completion of a vocational task.
Internally assessed units
Learners will be given opportunities to:
 Write up the findings of their own research.
 Use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations.
 Carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes.
 Demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate presentations.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Creative Media
(equivalent to one A Level)

The content of the qualification relates directly to the skills and understanding needed for further
study in creative digital media production and has been developed in consultation with higher
education. Over three units of mandatory content, learners gain a broad understanding of the
subject and learn the skills to produce media artefacts. They develop their ability to analyse and
deconstruct media images and representations. They learn the communication and planning skills
needed to work in teams through vocational media projects. An optional introductory unit in a
particular media sector such as, publishing, games, film or radio, allows learners to create
engaging digital media content and platforms.

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition 
(equivalent to one A Level) (Replacing BTEC Hospitality and Catering)

Food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. This is an Applied General
qualification meaning that it is designed, primarily, to support learners’ progression to university.
It offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19 year olds through the
acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful, work-related contexts, linked to the
food production industry. Learners complete three units – two mandatory and one optional.
Mandatory Unit 1: Enables the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the science
of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts and through ongoing
practical sessions, gaining practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the
needs of individuals.
Mandatory Unit 2: Allows learners to develop their understanding of the science of food
safety and hygiene; essential knowledge for anyone involved in food production. Practical
sessions will support the gaining of theoretical knowledge and ensure learning is a tactile
experience.
Optional Unit: Studying one of the two optional units will allow learners the
opportunity to study subjects of particular interest or relevance to them, building on previous
learning and experiences.
ASSESSMENT
Using a combination of internal and external assessment with a 50% split between them. The
external assessment is a 90-minute examination plus 15-minutes reading time. Internal
assessment will take place through the completion of a series of assignment briefs.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Art and Design
(equivalent to three A Levels)

Intended to be studied over two years as the substantial qualification in a learner’s study
programme. It comprises 13 units of which seven are mandatory.
External assessment is 42%.
The qualification is designed for post-16 learners who want to study art and design-related
degree courses in higher education. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of visual
communication and the creative process to develop their creative voice. They develop
understanding of the importance and influence of the work of artists and designers to develop
and realise their creative intentions. They produce a portfolio of art and design work to support
progression to higher education. Optional units allow learners to gain knowledge in areas such as
fashion, textiles, graphics, photography, 3D studies and fine art.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Art and Design (equivalent to three A Levels)

Mandatory units:
 Visual Recording and Communication
 Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
 The Creative Process
 Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
 Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
 Managing a Client Brief
 Developing and Realising Creative Intentions
Externally assessed units:
Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. Each assessment is
taken under specified conditions then marked externally and a grade awarded. The styles of
external assessment used for qualifications in the Art and Design suite are:
 Performance – learners prepare for assessment over an extended window and
demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence.
 Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate
understanding through completion of a vocational task.
Internally assessed units:
Most units in the sector are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification.
This means that the assignments set and assessed provide the final summative assessment of
each unit. Learners will be given opportunities to do some of the following:
 Write up the findings of their own research.
 Use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations.
 Carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes.
 Demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate tools and processes.
How does the qualification provide transferable knowledge and skills for
higher education?

All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for
progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include:
• The ability to learn independently
• The ability to research actively and methodically
• To be able to give presentations and be active group members
• Reading varied texts
• Audio-visual literacy
• Effective writing
• Research and analytical skills
• Creative development
• Preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.