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BTEC Level 3 Business
Transcript of BTEC Level 3 Business
Globalisation impacts on the way business is undertaken. In the UK the way students are taught and what they are taught about business has to reflect that impact in order to prepare them for business roles as workers, managers or business leaders on a global stage. The flexibility of the BTEC Business Level 3 and the range of topics allows for teaching to be contemporary and relevant.
Legislation influences the BTEC curriculum in that large areas of it relate directly to business such as Employment Law, Health and Safety, Contract Law and Consumer Law. Laws are constantly changing largely due to harmonisation of EU law. Units taught as part of the BTEC Business Level 3 have to reflect such changes. For example when the Equality Act (2010) was introduced into UK law teaching had to reflect the impacts of this law on businesses. Educational establishments also had to consider the Equality Act 2010 and it's impact on the way lessons are delivered. Inclusion and the embedding of Equality and Diversity became ever more essential elements of the broader curriculum.
BTEC Level 3 Business
Internal Influences on Curriculum
External Influences on Curriculum
BTEC Business Level 3 provides learners with
an alternative to A'Levels to progress to HE
an alternative assessment to exams
a modular design covering a range of business disciplines
a course responsive to changes in the business world
the involvement of teachers and learners in planning
a course which meets local needs
It sits at level 3 within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) within the Department for Education's (DfE's) list of vocational qualifications which will count towards the 16-19 performance tables in 2016.
(Meeting Local Needs) feature of BTEC Business Level 3 means that it can be adapted to include units designed specifically to meet the local needs of students and employers. Units eligible for MLN are modelled around core mandatory units
What is a curriculum?
Curriculum development considers "how a curriculum is planned, implemented and evaluated, as well as what people, processes and procedures are involved."
(Ornstein and Hunkins, 2009:15)
A means of ensuring that learning delivered is inclusive of all abilities and takes into account social and cultural backgrounds (Apple, 2000)
Learning is planned and guided, we can say in advance what we want to achieve and how (Infed, 2014)
Provides something to measure against allows for evaluation
(Avis et al, 2009)
Range of education covering broad spectrum of subjects
Equality and Diversity
"curriculum content and design, currently
unfashionable in much English research because of the dominance of the state
imposed national curriculum, are actually central to the... learning process" (Hodkinson, 2005:117)
Must be localised
"Curriculum can refer to both single subject areas, broader areas of provision, and even policy interventions"
Aims and Objectives
Preparing learners for work at the right level
Acting as a stepping stone to HE at university or college
Developing knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the commercial world
Develop employability skills
Applying learning to real life scenarios
Develop a common core knowledge of business
The Hidden Curriculum
Jackson (1968) called the hidden curriculum
'school leaning', meaning things that are learned
in educational establishments which are not part of the curriculum, these may include values and social behaviours or cultural norms and may be learned from teachers and or other students or the environment (Hodkinson, 2005)
The National Curriculum
"the CBI's Education and Skills Survey 2013 revealed self-management, business and customer awareness, team-working and problem-solving as key attributes that employers look for in potential employees. As the UK's economy rebalances following the financial crash of 2008 and businesses adapt to the disruption and opportunities presented by emerging technologies there are many opportunities for entrepreneurs and employees with a sound understanding of finance, marketing, sales and management" (Edexcel, 2014)
Read more in Pearson's Statement of Purpose for course
a range of business topics in a modular design
9 specialist pathways eg accounting, human resources, marketing
42 units eg managing a business event, understanding retail
meeting local needs flexibility (MLN)
Methods & Resources
A number of resources are available including the course handbooks, online resources and unit specifications. Take a look at one. There is a lot
of scope for the teacher to introduce other methods
Guided learning hours - lectures, tutorials
Industry standard resources
Staff familiar with business environment and application
Up to date teaching
Scenario based learning
Visits to relevant businesses
Guidance is given in the unit specification. Take a look.
Variety of methods, essay, report, poster, production of business documents
Prepare for working life
Prepare for HE
Relevant to topic area
Results assessment against targets
Take Up & Retention statistics
Next steps progression
"curriculum has a legitimate concern with the social, moral, domestic, vocational and heatlh and leisure related as well as purer educational aspects of individual flourishing"
Let's take a closer look at some of these influences...
We want our children treated as individuals, we want them supported with any issues they have, we want them to get what they want from their education and we want them stimulated,
involved and enjoying learning. We want to see our taxes put to good use and our local area thriving. We want to see them achieving the best they possibly can and we want them to find jobs.
"Possibly the most important issue to be considered...the exact order in which different subjects or units should be arranged when planning a sequence of lessons" (Tummons, 2010:49)
"Evaluation [is] a process by which we can find out how well a course or curriculum is running, from the point of view of
all those people
who have a legitimate interest in it" (Tummons, 2010:55)
"To deliver accessible high quality education and training to all our communities."
(GIFHE, 2014 online)
Students feedback on BTEC Business
This digital poster presentation will
in relation to BTEC Business Level 3
may influence the curriculum
(Adated from Armitage et al, 2007)
Maintaining society's status quo by teaching its cultural heritage
Balanced Teacher and Student
"No curriculum planning is neutral: every curriculum is imbued with values. These values embody a view of the kind of people we wish our pupils to become...and of the kind of society that such people could live in"
(Barnes, 1982:60 cited in Armitage et al, 2007:191)
BTECs demonstrate this by creating vocational courses for less academic students but they also enable these students to progress to HE
Creates a more equal society developing intellectual skills of individuals regardless of their place in society
BTEC Curriculum could be seen as fitting into this ideology as it concerns itself with developing practical application of skills and promotes further academic study in those who wish to participate
Meeting individual need and aspiration. Supporting democratic society.
BTEC fits into this ideology as it promotes scenario based learning with active problem solving group activities. Teachers should be industry experienced.
Values high levels of literacy and numeracy as well as science and technology. Developing a globally competitive skilled workforce.
The Great Debate 1976
Foster Report 2005
Leitch Report 2006
BTEC Business curriculum fits loosely with this in that it focuses on business needs and introduces specialisms such as finance and embeds literacy, numeracy and IT as well as encouraging entrepreneurship
Evidence that this is widely adopted in UK
Used by governments to fashion or change society or lead it in a particular direction
Whilst BTEC Business curriculum is concerned with developing skills for business in a Capitalist society with financial growth in mind it is done more collaboratively and is therefore more in keeping with elements of the other ideologies
Similar to the behavioural objectives model which focuses on competencies
"teacher is viewed as an authority source and manager of a controlled, authoritarian environment, and learners as receivers of the curriculum... higher constraint contexts where teachers are obliged to follow a comprehensive, often externally developed syllabus"
Also known as
Popham & Baker 1970
Over emphasises objectives
(Gosling 2009: Hussey and Smith 2008)
Difficult to apply to all
"not [intended] to ... specify details of course content in advance of teaching... to reinterpret existing pre-specifications through shared decison making with learners"
(Breen and Littlejohn, 2000:18
cited in Wette, 2010:137)
BTEC Business Level 3 has a largely content/product curricular model whilst elements of a process model are evidenced specifically around student influence of content. This is in harmony with the curriculum displaying mixed ideological influences and being subjected to considerable internal and external influential factors.
Runshaw College, 2014
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Tyler's (1949) Objectives Model
Scriven's (2001) formative evaluation model
(Avis et al, 2009)
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