For a lot of people, A-Levels are seen as the best way to get into university. This often means that other notable qualifications, like BTECs, gets forgotten.
BTEC qualifications have long been regarded as inferior to A-Levels, perhaps because of their differing structure that deviates away from sitting formal exams. Instead, BTEC courses are often assessed through coursework and practical work. As different as it may be, the practical element of a BTEC could just be exactly what sets you apart from other students taking A-Levels.
According to recent research from the Social Market Foundation, the number of students entering university with a BTEC qualification now stands at 100,000 – a 50% increase from 2008.
The new BTECs, which were introduced in 2016, gives students the skills they need to move into higher education or straight into employment. BTEC Nationals are widely recognised with approximately 95% of UK universities and colleges accepting students with a BTEC qualification – this includes Russell Group universities too.
There are a number of different BTEC courses you can take:
The number of subjects you can take a BTEC course in is vast and wide. As the qualification itself has shifted from being inferior to A-Levels to one that is recognised by Russell Group universities, the number of subjects that you can now take a BTEC in has grown.
From environmental subjects like Agriculture, Horticulture and Countryside Management to creative subjects like Art and Design, Creative Digital Media Production and Performing Arts, BTECs are available in a wide range of areas that can prepare you for further study and employment.
In a nutshell, yes. BTECs have been designed to not only reflect a curriculum that is relevant to today’s market but still gives students a qualitative education. The structure of these qualifications also makes it an engaging option for adult learners who are thinking of going back into education either for a career change or to simply further their knowledge in order for progression.
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Safeera is Editor of Hotcourses and a journalist from Kingston University. Always the inquisitive, her writing spans across a number of areas such as sustainability, fashion, lifestyle and now education. Her belief that you never stop learning and passionate nature has taken her to New York City as part of her degree and across the airwaves on national radio talking about the issues that matter to her.