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BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business

Awarded by Pearson UK

Westford University College (WUC) is one of the leading and prestigious business schools in the UAE. WUC pioneers in offering quality education through a range of undergraduate, graduate, and vocational professional programs. These courses are reputed and recognized by awarding bodies and accredited universities with their presence in UK, Lebanon, US, Africa, India, and UAE. Our deep analysis of economic realities and evolving industry requirements are well addressed through our strategic partnerships which ensure meaningful delivery of a diverse range of programs in management, fashion, and technology. We have developed an integrated alliance with Liverpool John Moores University and Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK and UCAM in Spain.

Over thousands of students from more than 100 different countries are studying at Westford. They have become an integral part of a learning community that promotes critical thinking, experimental learning, and innovation.

The institution has been recognized for excellence in “Educational Delivery and Efficient Learning pedagogies”, along with several other accolades over a period between 2015-2019. We have been awarded by Forbes Middle East in 2019, received MENAA award for ‘Best Corporate Brand’ 2019, Asian Education Leadership Award for ‘Asia’s Best Emerging Business School’, Middle East’s ‘Best International Business College’.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 35,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Edexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualifications are awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked. We put the learner at the centre of everything we do, because wherever learning flourishes, so do people.

About BTEC

With a track record built over 40 years on learner success, our BTEC International Level 3 qualifications are recognized internationally by governments, industry and higher education.

BTEC International Level 3 qualifications allow learners to progress in the workplace – either directly or via study at a higher level. Over 100,000 BTEC learners apply to university every year. Their Level 3 BTECs, either on their own or in combination with A Levels, are accepted by UK and international universities, and higher-education institutes for entry to relevant degree programs.

Access a Career-ready education

BTECs enable a learner-centered approach to education, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied to project-based assessments. BTECs focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be successful in employment and higher education.

When creating the BTEC International Level 3 qualifications in this suite, we worked with many employers, higher-education providers, colleges and schools to ensure that we met their needs. Employers are looking for recruits who have a thorough grounding in the latest industry requirements and work-readiness skills, for example teamwork. Learners who progress to higher education need experience of research, extended writing and meeting deadlines. BTEC qualifications provide the breadth and depth of learning to give learners this experience.

International Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Business is equivalent to 1.5 International A Levels.

Designed as a one-year, full-time course, covering the fundamentals in the business sector, which supports progression to a work-based learning qualification in the business sector, or to a further year of study at Level 3. It supports progression to higher education if taken as part of a program of study that includes other BTEC International Level 3 qualifications or International A Levels.

Modules :

 S.No  Mandatory Units
 1  Exploring Business
 2  Research and Plan a Marketing Campaign
 3  Business Finance
 4  Business Decision Making
 5  Team Building in Business
 6 Career Planning

Qualification Purpose and Progression

Who are these qualifications for?

The Pearson BTEC International Level 3 qualifications in Business, and in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, are primarily designed for learners in the 16–19 age group, who wish to pursue a career in business, primarily via higher education to access graduate entry employment with businesses, or alternatively through junior business employment.

What do the qualifications comprise?

The qualifications give the learners experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. This includes the opportunity for learners to choose several topics from a selection of options reflecting the progression pathways in business.

The learning program covers the following content areas:

  • Business environments
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • International business
  • Management
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
What could these qualifications lead to?

The qualifications are recognized by higher education providers as contributing to Meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses, for example:

  • Higher National Diploma in Business
  • BSc (Hons) in Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) in Business and Finance
  • BA (Hons) in Business with Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) in Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) in International Management
  • BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) in Marketing
  • BSc (Hons) in Retail Management

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programs with specific higher education providers.

Later on, this qualification, learners can also progress directly into work, notwithstanding it is probable that many will do so via higher study. Areas of employment include junior business roles in marketing, administration, finance, financial services, procurement, event management, human resources, and other related areas in the business sector.

How do these qualifications provide transferable employability skills?

In the BTEC International Level 3 units, there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. Where we refer to employability skills in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills – using critical thinking
  • Approaching non-routine problems, applying expert and creative solutions
  • Using systems and technology
  • Interpersonal skills – communicating, working collaboratively
  • Negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • Interpersonal skills – self-management, adaptability and resilience
  • Self-monitoring and development

There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant, for example where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities.These skills are indicated in the units and in Appendix 2: Transferable employability skills.

How do the qualifications provide transferable knowledge and skills for higher education?

All BTEC International Level 3 qualifications provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include:

  • the ability to learn independently
  • The ability to research actively and methodically
  • The ability to give presentations and be active group members

BTEC learners can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning, where they are able to make connections across units and select areas of interest for detailed study. BTEC International Level 3 qualifications provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including technical texts:

  • Effective writing
  • Analytical skills
  • Preparation for assessment methods used in a degree

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