It is a work-based, vocational qualification which assesses both skills and knowledge. The Frontier Tropical Habitat Conservation BTEC Diploma and Certificate and the Expedition Management (biodiversity research) BTEC Certificate have been specially created by Frontier so that participating volunteers can demonstrate that they are competent in a wide range of expedition skills. The BTEC is only available on Frontier conservation projects.
The "Business and Technology Education Council". BTEC (a leading provider of vocational qualifications) and London Examinations Board (one of the major GCSE and A-Level examining bodies) form the Edexcel Foundation – Frontier's BTEC partner.
We are the only organisation of our kind that can offer you the opportunity to qualify for an internationally recognised qualification while on your project. The staff and facilities of Frontier have been through a rigorous approval and training regime set by the Edexcel Foundation that allows us to assess our volunteers for BTEC qualifications. The staff training is undertaken in London as well as on our field projects. Edexcel inspectors routinely visit our Frontier field HQ, Frontier project camps and our London HQ. As an Edexcel examining centre we have been awarded the highest level (an A-grade status) for Quality of Assessment and received the following evaluation:
"Dedicated staff members are providing reliable assessment decisions on candidates' competence ensuring that the quality of work produced is worthy of the academic qualification the candidates leave with. Top class assessments, feedback, and candidate support."Mike Todd, External Verifier for Edexcel.