Qatar International School is excited to deliver BTEC International Qualifications to our Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students. At Key Stage 4 we currently offer Level 2 Qualifications in Business, Applied Science and Information Technology and at Key Stage 5 we offer Level 2 and 3 Qualifications in Business and IT. For both Level 2 and Level 3 courses there are no external examinations and assessment is 100% coursework based through regular time-sensitive assignments which are set throughout the academic year.
BTEC Level 2 International Extended Certificate: Business
For this qualification, there are two mandatory units worth five credits each, called Business Purposes and Business Organisations. Further information on this as well as the optional units can be found below:
Unit 1: Business Purposes
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the nature of business organisations and the business environment in which they operate. Learners will do this by looking at the range of organisations that exist locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and by considering the business framework in which they operate. There will be a particular focus on businesses in the local context with which learners will be familiar.
Unit 2: Business Organisations
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the aims and objectives of business organisations and how they are organised into functional areas to meet their business goals. Learners will do this by looking at examples of local and national organisations and for which information is readily available. There will be a particular focus on businesses in the local context with which learners will be familiar.
Unit 3: Financial Forecasting for Business (5 credits)
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the financial aspects of running a business. Learners will do this by looking at the key concepts used by businesses to manage their money, and forecast their finances for the future.
Unit 4: People in Organisations (5 credits)
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the part played by people in organisations. Learners will do this through a study of job roles and their functions. They will examine the different structures of organisations, as well as considering their own preparation for employment and career planning.
Unit 11: Customer Relations in Business (10 credits)
This unit aims to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to become an effective member of staff in a customer-facing situation in business. It looks at how reliable customer service benefits a business by contributing to customer satisfaction, and how customer service can be monitored and evaluated.
BTEC Level 2 International Extended Certificate: Information Technology
For this qualification there are two mandatory units worth five credits each called Communicating in the IT Industry and Working in the IT Industry. Further information on this as well as the optional units can be found below:
Unit 1: Communicating in the IT Industry:
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to use IT tools to communicate and exchange information safely, securely and effectively with different audiences. Learners will also consider the impacts of IT on individuals, communities and society.
Unit 2: Working in the IT Industry
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ knowledge of the available job roles involving professional IT and the characteristics employers demand in the IT
Unit 23: Computer Graphics
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ knowledge of the hardware and software used to generate and manipulate computer generated images. Learners will then acquire the skills to produce computer graphics and use them to enhance documents.
Unit 31: Interactive Media Production
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ knowledge of the purposes of interactive media and how interactive media products are created. Learners will achieve this through a study of interactive media products, planning and producing an interactive media presentation, and reflecting on their work.
BTEC Level 2 International Extended Certificate: Applied Science
For this qualification there are two mandatory units and three optional ones. The aims of the mandatory units covered at the beginning of the course are below:
Unit 1: Principles of Science
The aim of this unit is to study fundamental core science concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. A strong grasp of these concepts will enable learners to use and apply this knowledge and understanding in vocational contexts when studying other units within this specification.
Unit 2: Chemistry on our Earth
The aim of this unit is to use and develop the knowledge that you have learnt in Unit 1: Principles of Science using locally relevant industrial and related contexts. These contexts might include the role of Environmental Science in best industrial practice and maximising the yield of industrial reactions.
Unit 3: Energy and Our Universe
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop knowledge and skills related to important fundamental physical concepts. Where possible, this should be done in locally relevant industrial and related contexts such as energy supply and safe working with nuclear materials. With an emphasis on experimental investigations, and to some extent computer simulations, learners will also explore some aspects of the physics of our world and beyond.
Unit 4: Biology and our Environment
The aim of this unit is to further develop learners’ understanding of the core concepts they have learnt in Unit 1: Principles of Science by studying relationships between different organisms and the environment. Where possible this should be done using industrial and related contexts such as local government monitoring of the environmental impact of industries and the proper use of medicines.
BTEC International Level 3 Certificate: Business
For this qualification there are two mandatory units, both are 90 guided learning hours and one is assessed using a Pearson Set Assignment. This qualification is equivalent in size to 0.5 of an International A Level.
Unit 1: Exploring Business
In this unit, learners will gain an overview of how businesses are structured, how they communicate, the environments in which they operate and the key influences on business success. Learners will be introduced to the concept of stakeholders and will develop an understanding of the roles of the various stakeholders involved in business organisations.
Unit 2: Research and Plan a Marketing Campaign (Pearson Set Assignment)
In this unit, learners will learn why selecting appropriate marketing methods is crucial to business success. They will develop research skills and budgeting skills, alongside an understanding of how a marketing campaign is planned and delivered. Learners will become familiar with the marketing mix and learn the importance of the influence of the media when promoting a product. All of these skills will need to be incorporated into the controlled assessment. The unit will give learners an insight into the importance of digital marketing. They will be able to explore digital marketing methods, including social media and targeted advertising. They will also consider the role of agencies; for example, advertising and PR agencies in promoting products and services. Learners will develop the skills required to plan for and pitch a marketing campaign for a new or existing product or service.
BTEC International Level 3 Certificate: Information Technology
For this qualification there is one mandatory unit which is 120 guided learning hours and one optional unit which is 60 guided learning hours, both units are assessed using a Pearson Set Assignment and a Pearson Assignment Brief. This qualification is equivalent in size to 0.5 of an International A Level and both units must be completed.
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (Pearson Set Assignment)
The aim of this unit is to help you explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system. You will look at the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and their stakeholders. You will explore how IT systems enable organisations to access data, information and users locally and globally.
Unit 17: Digital Animation and Effects
The aim of this unit is for you to investigate the purpose, local legal requirements and technical characteristics, for example techniques and principles, of different digital animation and effects products. You will explore how graphics are created and the impact of the technologies used on the digital animation and effects products. You will design and develop a digital animation and effects product for an audience and purpose. To do this, you will use specialist software and hardware to develop the digital product that could be included in a larger media product, such as a website or a computer game.
Mr S. Stockley – BTEC Quality Nominee