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20110330054755-logobtec.gifBusiness and Technology Education Council Qualifications - BTEC

BTEC qualifications are vocational in nature, meaning that the emphasis is on gaining skills for the work place. Qualifications can be undertaken in a wide range of subjects and PDM BTEC qualifications routinely consist of formal tutor led sessions, guided learning and private study. The amount of time required for a qualification is dictated by the level of the qualification being undertaken. PDM offers a comprehensive range of industry recognised BTEC training courses and qualifications including: Business Support, Leadership & Management, Learning & Development, Transport, Logistics, Security, Health and Safety and much more. PDM has become adept in the delivery of flexible, multi-site Business Support training services including short BTEC courses, the majority of which can be delivered in the workplace.

BTEC Levels

There are 4 levels of BTEC qualifications available:

  • Level 2

BTEC First Diplomas are specific work-related qualifications equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade A - C. These qualifications are suitable for anyone working or seeking to work in a specific sector. They provide the base knowledge, principles and processes necessary to underpin effective working practices in a specific sector. Level 2 BTEC Awards provide opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in the workplace.

  • Level 3 +

BTEC Nationals are equivalent to A Level standard and are divided into three types depending on the number of units studied. These qualifications are suitable for anyone working or seeking to work at a higher level in a specific sector. The qualifications can incorporate and further develop existing knowledge and understanding (possibly gained at a lower Level) to allow learners to progress and consolidate their skills in a working environment.

BTEC National Award 6 units  = 1 x A levels 
BTEC National Certificate  12 units  = 2 x A Levels 
BTEC National Diploma   18 units   = 3 x A Levels 

Who are BTEC qualifications for?

PDM provides approved and accredited training courses for existing staff and also for those wishing to enter and pursue a career in a specific sector. Our training can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of a broad range of occupational sectors and our ‘short’ BTEC training courses can be complemented by a variety of National Vocational Awards (NVQs) which can be used to benchmark, validate and demonstrate the professional standards of the company and/or individual member of staff.

Cost of BTEC Qualifications

When undertaken as part of an Apprenticeship Framework, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria, the BTEC can be fully or co-funded by the government (16 – 18 year olds are fully funded) and so training costs can be substantially reduced. Standalone BTEC Costs are dictated by the level of qualification being undertaken, the funding eligibility of the learner, the delivery model and subject to final agreement with the employer.


Better training can provide an organisation with a competitive advantage over others in the same industry/sector. In business, the main source of an organisation’s income is the expertise and skills of its personnel. Recruiting professionals with high skills can be far more expensive than training and developing existing employees to work at higher levels. Formal training is also a fundamental requirement for new employees; proper training helps them to understand the job requirements and their responsibilities quickly and effectively. Training also increases understanding of the organisational culture - training programmes can significantly increase and improve communication between different levels of an organisation and thereby increase staff loyalty and commitment. High employee turnover can be a serious threat to an organisation and one major benefit of training is that it can reduce staff turnover and improve retention.