Our career-based qualifications that give your child the skills they need
What is vocational learning? In my role as the Head of BTEC/Vocational Studies at GEMS CIN, I’ve been involved in many discussions in the past few days/months – with students, parents, educationists/staff, the government, Kenyan private and public sector organizations, about what vocational learning is and how it supports our young people to progress in their lives through learning.
At GEMS Cambridge International School, Nairobi we have created vocational qualifications which help our students acquire knowledge, skills and understanding through practical and work-related activities in real life contexts so they can apply what they have learnt.
Many people would ask, what is BTEC? Well, BTEC stands for Business and Technology Education Council and it has earned its reputation as the world’s most successful applied learning qualification, providing students with a clear line of sight into work.
BTEC is widely divided into two levels: Level 2 (For year 10/11 students) and Level 3(For Year 12/13 students). As a BTEC Centre we currently offer BTEC sport, business, Sport and Exercise Science, Applied Science and Performing arts. Our extended certificate in level 2 BTECs are equivalent to two IGCSEs and subsidiary diploma in level 3 BTECs are equivalent to one A-level.
BTEC’s flexible, practical approach to study: BTECs are divided into units, which cover a specific area of knowledge, skills and understanding required by the sector.
Core knowledge and skills: Every BTEC learner studies the mandatory units which provide a solid foundation through broad understanding and knowledge of the sector.
Building a course to meet learner needs: The BTEC course leader then has the freedom to build a course to suit their learners’ interests, local needs and aspirations by selecting from a range of optional units and pathways which support progression into further study, into an apprenticeship, or into employment.
Learning by doing: The course leader and teachers create a series of assignments which can be written or activity based e.g. creating a film clip; planning and putting on a performance; creating a business plan etc. Some assignments individual students complete through their own, independent study; for others, they work as part of a team. The assignments give students the chance to demonstrate their learning in a real-life context. For some BTEC courses, learners can also apply their knowledge and skills through work experience.
Mr. Kodeck Mose
Head of Vocational Studies