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BTEC Level 2 Workskills Qualification -curriculum suggestions

This blog will provide useful information on BTEC Level 2 WorkSkills qualification. BTEC Level 2 WorkSkills qualification can provide a great tool to develop employability skills in learners. The qualification can help us prepare a workforce of future that is resilient and dynamic to face the challenges of the current and future economy.

Programme Delivery : The best part of the qualification is the flexibility of delivery, which can be suited as per the learner’s needs. The qualification  focuses more on application and practical activities which can be designed as per the learner motivation. Hence, the qualification can be great in solving the motivation issues that comes with FE learners!

Progression options : Related general and/or vocational Level 3 qualifications, or employment/apprenticeship in a particular vocational sector.

Some useful terms :

Total Qualification Time(TQT) = Estimated time learners will require to complete and show achievement of the qualification.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) = Time a centre delivering the qualification may provide. This involves lessons, tutorials, online instruction, supervised study, giving feedback on performance, time required for learners to complete external assessment under examination/supervised conditions, basically anything that involves tutors and assessors in teaching, supervising and invigilating learners.

Directed Learning Hours(DLH) = Any learning directed by tutors or assessors. This includes private study, preparation for assessment (non supervised), an independent reading, revision, research.

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At Level 2 the BTEC Workskills Qualifications that can be offered are :

  1. Pearson BTEC Level 2  70 GLH Award in Workskills
  2. Pearson BTEC Level 2  95 GLH Award in Workskills
  3. Pearson BTEC Level 2  Certificate in Work-skills (130 GLH)
  4. Pearson BTEC Level 2  Extended Certificate in Work-skills (200 GLH)
  5. Pearson BTEC Level 2  Diploma in Workskills (400 GLH)

The eligibility criteria for each qualification is based on GLH. The rules for combining units for Level 2 qualifications are as follows :

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 Image taken from : Getting Started with WorkSkills

Assessment : All units are internally assessed and subject to external verification. For all internally assessed units, the format of assessment is an assignment after the entire or a part of the content has been delivered.  Assignments can be divided into task and may require several forms of evidence for different assessment outcomes. (pg 22-28 provide details on Pearsons expectations on assessment) .

A sample curriculum for Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Work-skills (130 GLH) can be :

Part 1 – Induction

This module will help prepare learners to self assess their Strengths, Weaknesses and skills required for employment. Learners will set their own goals and create a personalised plan for themselves. Learners will understand how to adjust their CV to meet the needs of the industry they may wish to enter. Learners will also explore the skills needed to present themselves professionally at work.

Units Included :

Unit 83 : Self – Assessment [Level 2, Group A, GLH 20]

Unit 55 : Developing your CV [Level 2, Group A, GLH 10]

Unit 80 : Presenting a Professional Image in New Work Environments [Level 2, Group A, GLH 10]

Teaching and Learning suggestions : Team activities, Personality profile tools, Role plays

Assessment suggestions : Portfolio, Individual Learning Plans, Video or taped discussions, Reflective logs.

Part 2 – Progression

This module will provide an opportunity to learners to understand why it is so important to plan for your career. The learners will research and plan for their chosen pathway. Learners will also learn how to manage themselves effectively at a workplace to increase their efficiency and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Units Included :

Unit 60 – Career Progression  [ Level 2, Group A, GLH 15]

Unit 82 – Reviewing and Improving Own Performance [Level 2, Group A, GLH =10]

Unit 84 – Self management skills [Level 2, Group A, GLH =20]   – or – Unit 115 – Self Development for your Learning and Career [Level 2, Group B2, GLH =20]

Teaching and Learning focus : Evaluation forms, Group Feedback, Peer feedback, Review meetings, one to one meetings, ‘lessons learned’ meetings, participating in a sports activity, work placement or volunteering commitment.

Assessment suggestions : Verbal presentation, Log book, Posters, leaflets, completing an assignment, demonstrating a skill.

Part 3 – Preparation

This module will support learners to prepare for their chosen progression option. As the motivation level generally lowers towards the last term of the year. Choosing to follow their choice of modules will keep students motivated. The last term can have different set of modules for different pathways. Having looked at the list of units, there is something for every pathway (Business, Health and Social Care, Engineering, Construction etc). As ICT is needed as a functional skill now and I teach ICT, I have included a pathway for that. This module will support learners in using IT effectively in their research, every day communication, presentation of their work, proofread their work, manage the storage of their emails and other communication tools. 

Unit 69 : IT Communications Fundamentals [Group A, Level 2, GLH 15]

Unit 70 : IT Software Fundamentals [Group A, Level 2, GLH 20]

Unit 78 : Planning an Enterprise Activity [Group A, Level 2, GLH 10] 

Teaching and Learning focus : Strategies to develop exam skills in students.

Assessment suggestions : A combination of  internally set exam and written assignment that prepares students for Pearson BTEC level 3 Computing qualification.

Unit combinations that can be added for Extended Certificate (200 GLH ) programme :

Unit 118 : Planning and Participating in Work Experience [Level 2, Group B2, GLH =55] along with any of the below units

Unit 81 : Qualities and Transferrable Skills for Work [Level 2, Group A, GLH =10]

Unit 61 : Online Branding for Career Success [Level 2, Group A, GLH =10] {This unit must be included for any non-ICT vocational course where the learners may not get a chance to work on their digital portfolio skills at higher levels}

Click here to read some sample Contextualised Learning Ideas – BTEC Workskills qualification that can be used straight away. Please send a message with your professional details for access to these resources.

I will be blogging about the contextualised project I plan to deliver to my students. I will also share resources (End of July’19) for these projects here : Teaching/Learning Resources

Happy to support/collaborate in designing contextualised projects. Please contact.

A Pearson presentation on getting started with WorkSkills qualification can be found here : Getting Started with WorkSkills

In conclusion I can say that this qualification is a flexible qualification, with flexible assessment and aims to meet a wide range of employability needs. I am looking forward to deliver this qualification as it can be moulded into many contextualised projects, hence providing learners the right skills needed for their future.

This blog and its content are my take on the qualification and an attempt to create some contextualised projects. If you need further information on these qualifications, contact Pearson via their website at: qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/contact – us.html.