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Our BTEC Hub


Our BTEC Hub

Open up horizons.
Unlock your potential.

Welcome to our brand new BTEC Hub

This is a dedicated site for the #CheshireScoutsBTEC Level 2 Award in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community, in partnership with CVQO.

Along the way, we will be able to share information, experiences, ideas, skills, stories and resources. This is a big opportunity for Explorer Scouts and Network members to achieve recognition for all the dedication they give to the Scout movement as well as learn and develop new skills to carry through life.

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Press Release - Cheshire Scouts BTEC

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Click here to view the press release from CVQO.

Our People

Meet the leaders behind the scenes
From Cheshire Scouts…

With professional expert skills, knowledge and experience in further education, apprenticeships, and young people’s awards, the Cheshire Explorer Scouts Team is well-equipped to be producing this project. The group behind the introduction of the qualification to Cheshire Scouts are:

  • Graham Proctor (ACC Explorer Scouts)
  • Carol Frain (ACC Top Awards)
  • David Metcalfe (ACC Inclusion)
  • Diane Blurton (CEL Young Leaders)
  • Emma Williams (CEL Young Leaders)
  • Dave Hopley (County Commissioner)

Click here to meet the team.

The Investigation Zone

Introduction to CVQO and BTEC Level 2
Who are CVQO?

CVQO is a UK-based vocational education charity and learning provider.

What does CVQO do?

Put simply, they recognise the skills young people and adult instructors practice every day in organisations such as the MOD Cadet Forces (think Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, RAF Air Cadets, Combined Cadet Force) as well as other youth groups and societies such as The Scouts. Ultimately, they accredit people with vocational qualifications. CVQO work with all sorts of uniformed youth groups, as well as schools and colleges. These are typically focused on areas such as public services, adventurous training, music, teamwork, leadership and management.

What’s the qualification all about?

This award is at Level 2 and can be viewed as the equivalent of two GCSEs. Content of the award covers teamwork, communication, leadership and employment skills. The BTEC qualification is accredited by Pearson with training and work sessions delivered centrally (either online or face-to-face) by CVQO. Participants can use this award to boost CVs, gain places in further or higher education or to secure employment. For members of Cheshire Scouts, the BTEC qualification will be available free of charge, provided they meet the basic eligibility criteria.

How can I achieve a BTEC?

It is encouraged that young people use their prior scouting experience to qualify them for most modules of the BTEC. Actvities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Cheshire Hike and the Young Leaders Scheme will count towards the qualification. Other practical challenges will be able to be achieved through a balanced Unit or Network programme, alongside completing mandatory written workbooks in order to meet the BTEC requirements.

Check out more information about the Level 2 BTEC qualification below:

“Being involved with CVQO has broadened my horizons beyond the bounds of inner city London where I grew up. The interview practice and feedback that constituted part of the CVQO-led BTEC curriculum provided me with a foundation that I used in preparation for my interview at the University of Cambridge.”

Precious Oyelade
2012 CVQO Duke Of Westminster Award Finalist

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More about CVQO

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The Launch Pad

Getting involved through Cheshire Scouts
First things first…

Cheshire Scouts are operating a pilot project from April-June 2021. Twenty young people will be given the chance to complete the qualification through this pilot programme. After the summer, we hope to be able to roll out the opportunity to every young person who is eligible.

Are you eligible?

To register for the BTEC qualification, you must meet the following criteria:


  • Be 16-18 years old by 31st August 2020
  • Be either an Explorer or Network member


How do I know if I can register?

Registrations are only being accepted for our most recent pilot programme. Not everybody will be able to register at this stage. Explorer Scout Leaders and Commissioners are going to be selecting our participants for the pilot using selective criteria. This makes sure we are reaching as many different people as possible for our research based on age, DofE records, the Young Leaders Scheme and also levels of youth engagement and attendance. Your leaders will be in contact with you if they would like you to be involved. If you are not contacted, don’t worry; you will hopefully get a chance to complete the award shortly after the summer.

“Having the BTEC helped get me a job as an apprentice IT support analyst. This is because I was able to present myself as a team player, have self-initiative and confidence.” Molly Hewett

Read all about it
View the document below for more information on the impact of the award.

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The value of the BTEC

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Get Involved

How to register for the pilot
What is the pilot?

Cheshire Scouts are operating a small BTEC project from April-June 2021. This project will result in 20 young people gaining their BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development. The pilot will be delivered using selected youth members with the aim to achieve some research into the suitability of this award being added to the Cheshire Explorer Scout programme.

Where can I register?

The registration form is below. It is for members of the selected pilot programme. Please only use this form if you have been identified by your leader as a participant. As soon as you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email from Cheshire Scouts. We will then be in touch with you directly to confirm the next steps.

Who should register?

The young person wishing to undertake the qualification should complete the registration form. Details entered into the form should be that of the young person. Basic eligibility requirements are above in “The Launch Pad” section. If you are under 18 years of age, please ensure you have consent from a parent/legal guardian to participate in this project and qualification before registering.

When is the pilot happening?

Throughout the pilot project, there will be a series of mandatory live sessions run by CVQO. The workbooks are a compulsory part of the course as well as using recognised prior learning.

The dates of the Cheshire Scouts BTEC live sessions are as follows:

Introduction and Enrolment
Friday 23rd April | 6.30pm | Zoom

Workbook 1: Teamwork & Communication
Friday 14th May | 6.30pm | Zoom

For selected participants only
Workbook 2: Unit TBC
Friday 21st May | 6.30pm | location tbc

For selected participants only
Workbook 2: Unit TBC
Friday 11th June | 6.30pm | location tbc

Evaluation and Feedback
Friday 18th June | 6.30pm | location tbc

BTEC Level 2 Pilot Registration

Please complete this form accurately, honestly and only if you have been asked. Questions appear clearest on a laptop or PC.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls