Business Administration Level 3
Introducing Pearson BTEC Combined (Competence and Knowledge) qualifications
What are Combined (Competence and Knowledge) qualifications?
A Combined (Competence and Knowledge) qualification is a work-based qualification that combines competence and technical knowledge to give learners the practical competencies, technical skills and sector-related knowledge they need to be able to carry out a job effectively.
Combined (Competence and Knowledge) qualifications are based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the appropriate sector. NOS define what employees, or potential employees, must be able to do and know, and how well they should undertake work tasks and work roles. At Level 2 and above, these qualifications are recognised as the competence component of Apprenticeship Frameworks. Qualifications at Level 1 can be used in Traineeships, which are stepping-stones to Apprenticeship qualifications. Combined (Competence and Knowledge) qualifications can also be delivered as stand-alone for those who wish to take a work-based qualification.
Combined (Competence and Knowledge) qualifications are outcome based with no fixed learning programme – allowing flexible delivery that meets the individual learner’s needs. They are suitable for those in employment and for those studying at college who have a part-time job or access to a substantial work placement so that they are able to demonstrate the competencies that are required for work.
Most learners will work towards their qualification in the workplace or in settings that replicate the working environment as specified in the assessment requirements/strategy for the sector. Colleges, training centres and employers can offer these qualifications provided they have access to appropriate physical and human resources.
Total Qualification Time (TQT)
For all regulated qualifications, we specify a total number of hours that learners are expected to undertake in order to complete and show achievement for the qualification – this is the Total Qualification Time (TQT). The TQT value indicates the size of a qualification.
Within the TQT, we identify the number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) that a centre delivering the qualification needs to provide. Guided learning means activities that directly or immediately involve tutors and assessors in teaching, supervising, and invigilating learners, for example lectures, tutorials, online instruction and supervised study.
As well as guided learning, there may be other required learning that is directed by tutors or assessors. This includes, for example, private study, preparation for assessment and undertaking assessment when not under supervision, such as preparatory reading, revision and independent research.
As well as TQT and GLH, qualifications can also have a credit value – equal to one tenth of TQT, rounded to the nearest whole number.
TQT and credit values are assigned after consultation with users of the qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration –
Specification – Issue 4 – April 2017 © Pearson Education Limited 2017
BTEC Combined (Competence and Knowledge) qualifications are available in the following sizes:
Award – a qualification with a TQT value of 120 or less (equivalent to a range of 1–12 credits)
Certificate – a qualification with a TQT value in the range of 121–369 (equivalent to a range of 13–36 credits)
Diploma – a qualification with a TQT value of 370 or more (equivalent to 37 credits and above).
LEARNERS' ELIGIBILITY ARE AS FOLLOWS:
16-18 – these learners are fully funded by the Education Funding Agency on a per learner basis, or in the case of Apprentices, by the Skills Funding Agency based on the cost of the relevant framework.
19 -23 – these learners can access funding for a first full level 2 and first full level 3 (or 4), but the rules are very specific and depend upon prior attainment, employment status, location of delivery (classroom/workplace) and the qualifications being taken. This group has become smaller in recent years, reducing from the 19-24 age group, to the 19-23 age group.
24+ – very few of these learners are eligible for public funding. Funding is limited to those most in need: the unemployed and those without basic skills. Level 3 and 4 co-funding used to be available for certain learners in this group, but from 2013/14 all funding for 24+ learners taking level 3 and 4 is limited to loans.
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