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Pearson BTEC Level 2 Technical Certificate in Business Administration

Overview of the Programme

BTEC Level 2 Technicals are intermediate qualifications for post-16 learners who want to specialise in a specific occupation, occupational area or technical role. They prepare learners for work or an Apprenticeship by giving them the opportunity to develop sector- specific knowledge, technical and practical skills, and to apply these skills in work-related environments. The qualifications also provide progression to Level 3 Tech Level qualifications.

Developed in close conjunction with leading employers, BTEC Level 2 Technicals develop transferable workplace skills, such as good communication and the ability to work in a team, which employers have identified as essential for gaining employment in the sector and for progression once the learner is working.

At the core of these qualifications is the concept of preparing young people for the working world. Through practical activities and occupationally-fit-for-purpose assessments, learners will gain the skills and behaviours needed for sustainable employment.

At the core of these qualifications is the concept of preparing young people for the working world. Through practical activities and occupationally-fit-for-purpose assessments, learners will gain the skills and behaviours needed for sustainable employment.

BTEC Level 2 Technicals are designed to be used flexibly, depending on their size and scope:

  • As part of a full-time 16–19 study programme, alongside mathematics and English GCSEs and/or Functional Skills, work placement and enrichment activities
  • As the technical qualification within an Apprenticeship or off-the-job training for those already in work
  • As a roll-on, roll-off programme for those entering an Apprenticeship or employment.

Programme aims

This qualification is for learners who want to start a career in business and professional administration. It is designed for post-16 learners and can be taken as part of a wider study programme. It is an ideal qualification for learners who are intending to progress directly to employment in an administrative role, or to a business administration Apprenticeship.

Achieving this qualification will give learners an advantage when applying for a job in business administration. The types of role they will be ready for are:

  • Business administrator
  • Administrative assistant
  • Office administrator

Programme Summary

Learners are required to complete and achieve all the units included in this qualification.

Qualification and Number Total Units Total Guided Qualification Time (TQT)
Level 2 Certificate (603/0481/9) 4 240 Hours
Core Units
Unit GLH Level Assessment Method
1. Understanding Administrative Services 60 2 External
2. Providing Administrative Services 60 2 Internal
3. Using Business Technology to Process and Communicate Information 60 2 Internal
4. Planning, Organising and Supporting Business Events 60 2 Internal Synoptic

Entry Requirements

As a centre, it is your responsibility to ensure that recruited learners have a reasonable expectation of success on the programme. There are no formal entry requirements but we expect learners to have qualifications at or equivalent to Level 1.

Learners are most likely to succeed if they have:

  • three or four GCSEs at intermediate grades and/or
  • BTEC qualification(s) at Level 1 or Level ½
  • Level 1 equivalent achievement in English and mathematics through GCSE or Functional Skills.

Learners may demonstrate ability to succeed in various ways. For example, learners may have relevant work experience or specific aptitude shown through diagnostic tests or non- education experience.

Course Assessment

Assessment is designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to skills and occupationally-based qualifications at this level.

In this qualification, there is one external assessment, which assesses a unit that contributes 25% of the total qualification GLH. The external assessment for this qualification takes the form of an onscreen test that includes a variety of question types and allows learners to apply their knowledge to several work-related contexts. The external assessment is linked to Unit 1:

Understanding Administrative Services, as indicated in the qualification structure on the previous page. This method of assessment has been used to externally assess this unit because it is best suited to draw out the evidence to exemplify the expectations of the unit. The purpose of this unit is for learners to develop the fundamental knowledge and understanding of a range of administrative activities, the requirements to be met in completing these and the context in which these activities

are carried out. The use of this method of assessment allows for learners to demonstrate the range of abilities represented in the unit Assessment Outcomes to provide sufficient evidence that they have achieved the unit purpose. As the assessment is designed to measure the full range of thinking skills in the Assessment Outcomes it will differentiate learners’ performance across the full grade range.

The external assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. Learners must achieve the external unit at Pass grade or above to achieve the qualification. Learners are permitted to resit the external assessment once during their programme by taking a new assessment.

Units 2, 3 and 4 are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment allows learners to apply technical knowledge and demonstrate mastery of practical and technical skills through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice. Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification.

Further information

For more details please see: Business Admin