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WorkSkills BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Biddenham Upper School and Sports College

Course description

WorkSkills is an Edexcel BTEC qualification that has been developed after a lot of research and consultation with employers, training providers, schools and colleges. The aim of WorkSkills is to help you improve your knowledge, understanding and skills needed to gain and retain a job.

A recent survey from the CBI showed that most employers want employees with a positive attitude and wider employability skills to succeed in the workplace. The survey suggested that, ‘these wider employability skills should include: general communication skills, applied numeracy, team working, problem solving and integrity’. WorkSkills provides these skills.

The course consists of 18 credits, the equivalent to 2 GCSE’s C grade ( some universities count as 1 ). All the work is completed over one year and is related to employment based situations. This allows you to learn by completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. You will use independent learning skills to research information from a variety of sources and have the opportunity to explore case studies from different types of jobs.

The course introduces you to particular areas of employment and provides a good basis to progress to advanced work-related qualifications. We have excellent links with local employers and they will also be involved in assessment.

Course content

The course will appeal if you:

  • Would like to gain more information and experience of work related skills and knowledge.
  • Want to find out more about career progression through research, teamwork and independent study.
  • Enjoy studying an area that will broaden your experiences.
  • Want the opportunity to apply the theory of the course to practical work in the workplace.
  • Enjoy discovering about yourself in ‘handson’ situations.
  • Wish to study a course which is active, fun and enjoyable.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge is required.
The units build on the skills taught in schools and colleges and offer the opportunity to recognise these skills with a formal BTEC qualification.


Each unit is assessed and graded by a portfolio piece of work. You will receive feedback on your progress throughout the course. Evidence of coursework can be recorded through a number of means such as PowerPoint presentations, wall displays, Word reports, role play assessment and working in teams.

Financial information

There will be visits connected to the course which will be used as case studies to enhance knowledge, skills and understanding of the units being studied.

Future opportunities

Study further BTEC and other qualifications or apprenticeship.Progress into a career in a wide range of jobs having experienced the skills which are used in any workplace.

Further information

Course contact: Head of Department, Mrs B Darlow,

The exam board is Edexcel:

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Biddenham Upper School and Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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