BTEC Qualifications

What you can expect from a BTEC

At Kent College Dubai we aim to be the best British school in Dubai. As such, we want to offer our pupils an array of pathways through which to graduate and pupils can choose from:

    • A Levels
    • We are an IB World School offering the IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme)
    • BTEC in Performing Arts, Business Studies or Sport

We offer Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Performing Arts, Business Studies, and Sport.

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BTEC:  Business and Technology Education Council

BTECs are specialist work-related qualifications that are equivalent to 2 A Levels. With a track record built over 40 years of learner success, BTEC International Level 3 qualifications are recognised internationally by governments, industry and higher education institutions. 

BTEC qualifications encompass applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. This applied learning is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of vocational behaviours and transferable skills, such as communication, teamwork and research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace. Opportunities to develop these skills are embedded throughout the course.

Assessment includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. All assessment is internal (therefore there are no formal exams) but some mandatory units have extra controls on assessment and are assessed using Pearson Set Assignments. Additionally, some units are synoptic.
You can learn more about BTEC here.

BTEC in Performing Arts

The course offers students with the passion, tenacity and ambition to complete their first step to train to be a leading, high quality professional performer, teacher or creative. For those who want to pursue a career in what is one of the fastest growing global industries.

The course has been designed by leading providers who have the experience in preparing students for the entertainment industry. All practical delivery will be overseen by Urdang Academy to ensure that students in Dubai receive a similar standard of world class delivery as the flagship colleges in London.

This full-time course is designed as a stepping stone for 16 to 18 year old students to study at a specialist three year vocational training course, Conservatoire or University Degree programme. Delivered by leading industry professionals, the course content commands a high level of talent in either singing, acting or dance. The course itself will give the student the opportunity to bring all three skill areas up to a competitive standard no matter what level the weaker areas are. We aim to nurture an all rounded performer who is prepared for auditions or application to their next stage of training or education.

Course Content

The majority of time will be spent working on practical skills in studios. Alongside the plethora of these practical skill classes, the course is underpinned by relevant industry knowledge through a solid academic base. The student can achieve the equivalent of three A’ levels through the Extended BTEC Diploma. Alternatively, they can select to complete the smaller BTEC Diploma (equivalent of two A’ levels) and take another A’ level subject alongside the course. The course will give an insight into the different roles and transitional skills that can be gained with training in performing arts. It supports learning on how the industry works globally, how to promote yourself, entrepreneurial visions within arts and guide  future training pathways.

Registering your interest

If you are interested in the BTEC in Performing Arts, then please register your interest by filling in this form, and we will get back to you.

BTEC in Business Studies

The BTEC in Business Studies qualification gives 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.
Course Content
The learning programme covers the following content areas:
• Business environments
• Marketing
• Finance
• International Business
• Management
• Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

BTEC in Sport

The Pearson BTEC International Level 3 qualification in Sport is designed for learners in the 16-19 age group, who wish to pursue a career in the sports sector via higher education to access graduate entry employment in a sports role.  Learners who complete their BTEC International Level 3 qualification in Sport aim to go on to employment, often via the stepping stone of higher education.

This qualification is specifically designed to support learners who want to study sports as the main element alongside another area of complementary or contrasting study as part of a two-year, full-time study programme. The qualification would support progression to higher education if taken as part of a programme of study that included other BTEC International Level 3 qualifications or International A Levels.

What could these qualifications lead to?

These qualifications support progression to job opportunities in the sports industries at a variety of levels. Jobs available in sports areas include:

    • Physical Education Instructor
    • Assistant Coach
    • Gym Instructor
    • Personal Trainer
    • Community Coach
    • Sport-specific School Coach
    • Club Sports Coach

These qualifications also support learners who are following an Apprenticeship in sports performance and who are looking to progress and play their sport at an elite level. The jobs available to them will be based on their ability in the sport and will be supported by their achievement of this qualification.

After achieving these qualifications, while learners can progress directly to entry-level coaching roles, it is likely that many will do so via higher study. This qualification is recognised by higher-education institutions as fully meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses in a variety of areas of the sport sector, for example:

    • BA (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Development
    • BA (Hons) in Sports Management
    • BA (Hons) in Sport and Physical Education
    • BA (Hons) in Health and Fitness
    • BA (Hons) in Diet, Fitness and Wellbeing
    • BSc in Community Sports Coaching
    • BSc in Sports, Physical Education and Teaching Science

Choosing the right course for you:

As one of the top schools in Dubai, Kent College Dubai offers multiple graduation pathways for our Sixth Form Students. We offer A Levels, the IB Diploma Programme and BTEC in Sports, Business or Performing Arts. Herewith a side-by-side comparison of our offerings. We also have a Careers Counsellors that can help you to make this choice based on what you plan to do after school:

A LevelIB DiplomaBTEC (Sports, Business or Performing Arts)
Students specialise in their chosen area of study, focusing only on their preferred subjects.Students gain a breadth of knowledge across the languages, social sciences, sciences, maths, and the arts.Students specialise in their chosen area of study, through vocational training and assessment.
Most students study four subjects in Year 12, and can reduce to three by Year 13.All students study six subjects and the DP core  over two years, three at higher level and three at standard level.Most students complete a Level 3 BTEC, which can be equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 A levels, depending on the number of units covered.
Students can expand their subject offering with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This can be in the form of a dissertation, investigation, performance or artefact.The core subjects are the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge course (TOK) and the Creativity, Action, and Service programme (CAS). They support the development of links between the subject groups.Students can manage their BTEC qualification easily due to its modular makeup, and they are encouraged to  take advantage of the Sports Leaders Award, CAS and EPQ. 
Although there is no formal requirement for their academic programme, all A Level students take advantage of the wide variety of extracurricular programmes on offer.Through the CAS programme, students focus on personal development beyond the classroom through acts of creativity, service, and physical activity.Although there is no formal requirement for their academic programme, all BTEC students take advantage of the wide variety of extracurricular programmes on offer.
A-Levels are graded from A*-U.BTEC qualifications are marked from Distinction* to Pass.The IB Diploma is awarded out of a maximum of 45 points, with 7-1 points per subject, and ToK and EE count for 3 points.


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