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.

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