BTEC Level 2 Technicals are intermediate qualifications for post-16 learners who want to specialise in a specific occupation, occupational area or technical role. They prepare learners for work or an Apprenticeship by giving them the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge, technical and practical skills, and to apply these skills in work-related environments. The qualifications also provide progression to Level 3 Tech Level qualifications.
The qualification develops understanding and technical skills through six mandatory units covering the following:
- Unit 1: Introduction to Design Thinking – explores design thinking methods through practical workshops and projects.
- Unit 2: Introduction to Design Production Techniques – develops practical skills in design production techniques and processes, used in the design industries. This enables learners to gain the making skills to produce design ideas and prototypes.
- Unit 3: Working with Client Briefs – explores the requirements of client briefs used in the design industries and how to integrate feedback into designs, with reference to a target market. This enables learners to gain the skills to plan, pitch and present design ideas that address the needs of the market to a client.
- Unit 4: Design Realisation – develops practical skills in producing design prototypes and realising designs within design constraints. This enables learners to further develop their knowledge and experience with design production techniques to refine and realise design proposals.
- Unit 5: Developing a Design Portfolio – develops the skills and knowledge needed to produce a design portfolio to support further progression in this field. This unit is designed to build on the skills learners have gained through the qualification.
- Unit 6: Creative Design Project – explores the skills needed to develop and produce a design in response to an externally-set creative brief.
When studied as part of a full study programme, typically alongside maths or English, this qualification is primarily designed to support progression to Apprenticeships and job roles in the creative sector and related industries. The focus on making and production techniques will prepare learners for job roles, including:
- Visual Assistant
- Design and Digital Print Trainee
- Marketing and Design Assistant.
The qualification will also allow entry to Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas in:
- Fashion Design and Production
- 3D Design and Crafts.
A significant proportion of recruitment in the creative sector is at higher levels and learners may wish to progress to Apprenticeships or further learning, which will support entry to a further range of careers in the sector. When studied as part of a full study programme, the understanding of design concepts and the experience of working collaboratively on design projects will prepare learners for Apprenticeships, such as:
- Fashion Studio Assistant
- Junior Graphic Designer
- Junior Product Designer.