Dover Court International School (DCIS) will offer the work-related BTEC qualification from August 2020. DCIS will be the first international school in Singapore to offer college students this vocational alternative to the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) and A Levels.
DCIS currently offers the IBDP in its sixth form. From August 2020, it plans to offer students the option of taking a more specialised pathway by launching the BTEC International Level 2 in Business qualification; this is subject to CPE (Committee for Private Education) approval. This two year post-16 vocational qualification, which is offered in Years 12 and 13, will be a full-time programme.
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Standalone BTECs (Business and Technology Education Council) are specialist work-related qualifications, and an alternative to more academic GCSEs and A Levels. BTECs are offered at only a small number of training colleges and private institutions in Singapore, including TEG International College and the SSTC Institute. There are over 2,000 BTEC qualifications across 16 sectors and they are available from entry level through to professional qualifications at level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study). Level 3 is equivalent to A Levels and, like the IBCP, it is designed for people interested in a particular sector or industry.
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As part of the BTEC International Diploma Level 2 in Business, students will complete four mandatory units worth five credits each: Business Purposes, Business Organisations, Financial Forecasting for Business and People in Organisations. Students then complete a further 40 credits from a range of options including Verbal and Non-verbal Communication in Business Contexts and Customer Relations in Business. Students will also complete work experience and participate in CAS (Creativity, Activity & Service) alongside other DCIS’ IBDP students.