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 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 sport sector, typical employment opportunities may
include working as a coach or as a fitness instructor.
These qualifications are intended primarily for learners in the 14–19 age group, but
may also be used by other learners who wish to gain an introductory understanding
of a vocational area. When taken as part of a balanced curriculum, there is a clear
progression route to a level 3 course or an apprenticeship.
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: 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 into further study and responsibility within the workplace.
The BTEC First suite continues to reflect this ethos and builds on the recommendations
outlined in the
Review of Vocational Education – The Wolf Report (March 2011). That
report confirmed the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum for learners.