Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Work Skills

Qualification Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Work Skills
Subject Area Business
Attendance Full-time, on-site
Age Group(s) 16-18 year olds

Course Content

“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can” (quote by Nikos Kazantzakis)

The qualifications put learning into the context of the world of work, giving students the opportunity to apply their research, skills and knowledge in relevant and realistic work contexts. This applied, practical approach means learners build the knowledge, understanding and skills they need for career progression or further study.

The qualification is built on three mandatory units that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding of business principles. These qualifications also include a choice of optional specialist units, thereby providing an opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the business sector. In addition, it introduces a limited number of specialist areas and the opportunity to acquire some of the practical skills identified by employers as the fundamental building blocks for future competence in the workplace.

Course Outcomes

One of the main purposes of the qualification is to help learners to progress, ultimately, to employment. Employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding, but they also require employees to demonstrate employability skills. These skills enable learners to adapt to the roles needed to survive in the global economy and enhance their effectiveness in the workplace.

Employability skills include self-management, teamworking, business and customer awareness, problem solving, communication, basic literacy and numeracy, a positive attitude to work, and the use of IT.

The learners can progress to:

  • other Level 2 vocational qualifications and related competence-based qualifications for the Business sector
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications.
  • competency-based qualifications such as the NVQ Level 2 in either Business Administration or Team Leading, or NVQ Level 3 in either Business Administration or Management, or their corresponding apprenticeships.


This course is primarily for all learners who want to continue their education and develop their skills for progression to further learning and, ultimately, to employment. These qualifications prepare learners for further learning at a higher level in business. The development of transferable skills means that learners can also choose a study programme from alternative sectors. For example, these qualifications in business could lead to Pearson BTEC Level 2 qualifications in this sector, or to the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Apprenticeship in Retail, or to Level 2 qualifications in other sectors.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification.


The qualification has mandatory and optional specialist units.

All units are internally assessed.


There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification.


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