BTEC Level 2

Welcome to the T&A page for BTEC Level 2. If you require any information not available on these pages please contact NSO Vocational Qualifications.


The BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community will help you develop a wide variety of skills including effective communication, career planning, the value of volunteering and character development.

Cadets can expect to study units including:

  • Personal development through adventurous activities
  • Employment skills in uniformed organisations
  • Fundamentals of nautical studies
  • Land navigation by map and compass

Aimed at cadets aged 16-18, this nationally recognised qualification will enhance further education or job applications, and it also looks great on a CV alongside school and college work.



Course Content

Unit 1 (Developing Effective Teamwork Skills) is mandatory. Once complete, cadets can choose any five optional units to complete the Diploma.

There are 14 optional units to choose from which include three music units. Cadets select the Units they wish to study at the point of registration.

The table below helps identify which areas of the Sea Cadet Experience fit the BTEC as Recognised Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE) which will transfer from Westminster to cover some or all of the practical component of each unit.

Evidence which achieves full RPLE for a unit is highlighted in yellow.


The practical elements in yellow are 100% RPL so no additional work is required.


These are practical and workbook based and cadets choose their method of studying at the time of registration, which is either face to face delivery & workshops, paper workbooks and learning guides, e-workbooks, virtual learning Cadet Vocational College Moodle.  All the workbooks are assessed by Cadet Vocational College for marking and assessment.

The table above lists helps identify which areas of the Sea Cadet Experience fit the BTEC as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) which will transfer from Westminster to cover some or all of the practical component of each unit.  The qualifications highlighted in yellow are 100% RPL so there is no written work to do.


Cadet Vocational College has a network of Area Business Development Manager and Learning and Teaching Managers supporting adult volunteers and cadets across the UK. They are available to provide assistance at every stage. If you are not sure who your Business Development manager or Teaching and Learning Managers are, please check here:


Residency and Nationality

  1. ESFA-funded qualifications must be delivered in England to a British Citizen or National of another EU country; and
  2. The organisation delivering the qualification must be based in England.
  3. The cadet must have been resident in the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Overseas British Forces Bases or within the European Union (EU) for the last three years (not just for education).
  4. No matter what part of the UK SCC you live there is funding for Cadets to achieve the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community (TPD).


  1. The majority of cadets can be funded for this qualification if they are 16, 17 or 18 years of age on or before 31st August for each academic year. (Cadets must have been born between 1st September 2004 and 31st August 2007 to be eligible in the academic year starting 1 August 2023)
  2. Cadets have a maximum of two academic years to complete the qualification.


To enrol, cadets must attend an Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) session, courses bookable on Westminster. This covers the expectation of cadets, how to access support and resources and how to complete the registration process. For upcoming sessions, check the Cadet Portal.

Further Information

For further information, visit the Cadet Vocational College website or contact your Area Staff Officer.

Useful Links

Vocational Qualifications for Cadets Leaflet. 

RMC Level 2 RPLE Framework

SCC Level 2 RPLE Framework

SCC Qualifications and Badges

Level 2 RPLE

BTEC Level 2 Process Guide


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