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BTEC Plus Courses

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BTECs are named after the Business and Technology Education Council which used to run the award. They are a specialist series of qualifications that have had a 30-year track record of successes at both tertiary and employment levels. BTEC courses aim to provide a core academic knowledge base whilst also developing a range of practical knowledge and skills which help students to prepare for a career in a specialist field.

Course Information

JESS has decided to offer BTEC courses in Art & Design, Business and Sport so as to provide more specialised pathways for students who have decided on their career progression and who would benefit from focused and specialised studies in one domain of knowledge. At JESS we are offering the Extended Level 3 Diploma for each of the BTEC courses on offer which is equivalent in size to 3 A-Levels and requires the completion of 18 units. In certain instances, additional options will also be made available to our BTEC students (e.g. an Art History option for Art & Design students, a CISI Investment and Securities option for Business students and the IB Biology and/or Psychology courses for Sport students). Each BTEC course is offered as a balance of classroom teaching combined with project work and practical, workrelated activities with a special focus on developing and enhancing students’ behavioural skills, which can include teamwork, creative thinking and presentation skills.

BTEC Assessment, Entrance Criteria & Application Process


BTEC assessment provides a wide variety so as to better capture the varied learning styles of students. Most all modules rely on coursework based assessments graded by the teacher and externally validated by a BTEC moderator.

The BTEC program allows students to track their progress through a Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Students gain credits for each unit they complete and the accumulated credits earn them Distinction* (D*)

BTEC grades per module are generated based on a combination of formal assessment and internal coursework. BTECs are graded using the following scale:

Distinction* (D*)Distinction (D)Merit (M)Pass (P)Unclassified (U)

Each grade is allocated a points credit per unit as indicated below:

Pass (P)Merit (M)Distinction (D)
7 Points8 Points9 Points

Students complete realistic work-based assignments, which are internally assessed. Assessments for each unit can vary from presentations, essays, video documentary, and practical tasks assessed by members of staff.  Each unit has a credit value which is multiplied by the grade points the student receives (see Sport example below).

UnitCredit ValueGrade Awarded (P/M/D)Total Grade Points Achieved
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport59 (Distinction)45 (5 credits x 9 points)
Assessing Risk in Sport108 (Merit)80 (10 credits x 8 points)
Total points earned to dates:125 (80+45)

An Extended Level 3 qualification will result in the award of three grades (e.g. MDD or Merit, Distinction, Distinction). Grade points are accumulated and totaled to determine the student’s final overall grade. For example, to receive a MMM (merit, merit, merit) a student must achieve between 1340 – 1379 total points (see below).

Points range above pass gradeGrade points
D*D*D*1590 and above (1620)
D*D*D1560 - 1589
D*DD1530 - 1559
DDD1500 - 1529
DDM1420 - 1499
DMM1380 - 1419
MMM1340 - 1379
MMP1300 - 1339

Entrance Criteria – BTEC Courses (For JESS & external students)

  1. A minimum of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) grades, including English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.
  2. A strong academic history and interest in their chosen subject.

Application Process – All Sixth Form Programmes

The initial step is to apply online via our Application Portal. You will then hear back from our Sixth Form team to to progress your application, as follows:

Options Form: All students will need to complete an online application where they select their preferred course of study.  

Curriculum Vitae: All students will need to submit a CV to the Sixth Form Office. Provide evidence of achievements, leadership roles, extra-curricular engagement and responsibilities. These should be summarised in a CV of your own making (one A4 sheet will suffice). The information should reflect activities undertaken both inside and outside of school and can be of an academic or non-academic nature. It is also useful to include any supplementary educational qualifications that you may hold (e.g. music certification etc). The idea is to show off your strengths in a summative manner.

Interview: In certain situations, a follow-up interview may be required to ascertain the viability of a proposed programme of study with both student(s) and parent(s). This may involve a discussion of all of the above and how the student intends to build on these areas in Years 12 and 13. Students will be asked how they will contribute to life at JESS as a whole in conjunction with their own personal and academic development. The expectations of a JESS IB student will also be outlined and discussed in detail during this interview.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of 3000AED is required to be paid by the options deadline (early February) in order to secure a place. This is deducted from the first term's fees at JESS.

External Students: You will be required to sit an entry test in Mathematics and English (this can be sent overseas). In addition, you may be required to attend an interview. Please note that priority is given to JESS students first. Whilst we will accept applications up to a year in advance for September entry, we will only review the application in mid-February when we have concluded internal applications.


BTEC Specialist Course - Art & Design

BTEC Art & Design Leaflet

The BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design is an Applied General qualification and is equivalent in size to three A Levels. Students who want to take this qualification will have successfully completed their GCSEs.

The qualification has been developed for post-16 students who wish to focus their learning on art and design with a view to progressing to a related higher education course and potentially a career in the sector. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Art and Design will be studied over two years.

The content of this qualification relates directly to the skills and understanding needed for further study in art and design. There are seven mandatory units. Through these units students will develop knowledge and understanding in visual communication and the creative process. This will help to develop their visual language and creative voice. Students will understand the importance and influence of the work of artists and designers to develop and realise their creative intentions. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design is designed to enable students to refine their knowledge in the sector and increase their levels of independence. In Unit 5: Developing an Art and Design Portfolio, students produce a portfolio to support progression; primarily to higher education.

Students also develop skills and knowledge through the optional units in specific areas such as, textiles, graphics, photography, 3D studies and fine art. The flexibility of the optional structure allows students to refine their skills and knowledge through the development of their ‘creative voice’ and the pursuit of their creative intentions, and reflects the diversity and breadth of options available to students in higher education and employment.

The qualification will provide progression onto a wide range of related courses in higher education. Students taking this qualification will develop their critical and analytical skills. They will also develop and realise their creative intentions. They will develop a portfolio of art and design projects to support progression to a wide range of related degree courses in art and design.
The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, such as BA Art & Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design and others.

Topics & Assessment
Mandatory content (66%), External assessment (42%) 
Visual Recording and CommunicationCritical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
Managing a client briefDeveloping and realising creative intentions
Non digital photographic techniquesPainting
PrintmakingContemporary fine art practice
Graphics materials, techniques and processesMaterials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design


BTEC Specialist Course - Sport

BTEC Sport Leaflet

This course looks at the multi-faceted approach to sports preparation and performance, whilst preparing students for a career in high performance sport. Topics studied and assessed include: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport; The Physiology of Fitness; Assessing Risk in Sport; Fitness Training and Programming; Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise; Practical Team Sports; Sports Nutrition; Psychology for Sports Performance; and Sports Coaching.

There are numerous different career pathways that can stem from a BTEC level 3 Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. Many require either further training or education and some do not. The diploma could lead students onto university to study sports coaching, sports development, sport education or sport and exercise sciences. Courses at the following leading universities will be available - Loughborough, Bath, Birmingham, Exeter, Durham.

Career Pathways

BTECs have been around for nearly 30 years and they are recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the UK and in over 100 countries worldwide. They offer natural progression along a vocational path, from and to academic qualifications and university.

There are numerous different career pathways that can stem from a BTEC level 3 Diploma in Sport. The diploma could lead students onto university programmes to study sports coaching, sports development, sport education or sport and exercise sciences or directly into employment in this field.

Assessment Outline

The course is assessed through a wide variety of assessment methods. Three units will be externally assessed, including one written exam and two pre-release tasks, which will be set and marked by Pearson. The remaining units will be internally assessed using assessment methods such as written reports, logbooks, presentations, lab reports and practical performance. Each individual unit is graded Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D). For externally assessed units only, a grade of N may be awarded for learners not gaining enough marks for a P grade. The overall qualification will have three grades e.g. PPP, MMP, DDM, DDD, D*D*D* directly equivalent to three A Levels.

This balanced approach means that students can showcase for future employers how they apply their learning to practical, everyday workplace challenges. Whilst higher education institutes can be confident that BTEC qualified students are well prepared for a higher level of study and assessment.

Topics & Assessment
Exercise, Health and LifestylePrinciples and Practices in Outdoor Adventure
Sports CoachingEquipment and Facilities
Fitness Training and ProgrammingSport as Business
Leadership in SportNutrition
Work Experience in SportInjuries


BTEC Specialist Course - Business

BTEC Business Leaflet

The Business BTEC course is a specialist qualification for students with a clear view of their future career within management or seeking progression to higher education business courses. It provides a route to employment in many diverse areas of business which could include: roles in specialist areas such as marketing, finance, customer service or human resources in large organisations.

The delivery and assessment enable students to develop the practical and decision-making skills commonly employed by successful business organisations today. The ideals of international cooperation and responsible citizenship are at the heart of all the Business BTEC units. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace assessment, role play and oral presentation. Again these are key skills, highly valued by both industry and higher education, thereby giving students a distinct career advantage.

Assessment and Grading

All units are internally assessed with each unit having a specified set of assessment and grading criteria. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit, or distinction.


UnitMandatory UnitsCredit
1The Business Environment10
2Business Resources10
3Introduction to Marketing10
4Business Communication10
 Specialist Units
5Business Accounting10
7Management Accounting10
9Creative Product Promotion10
10Market Research in Business10
11Relationship Marketing10
12Internet Marketing in Business10
13Recruitment & Selection in Business10
16Human Resource Management in Business10
17Training in the Business Workplace10
18Managing a Business Event10
19Developing Teams in Business10
37Understanding Business Ethics10
38Business and the Economic Environment10
39International Business10