There are over 2,000 BTEC qualifications across 16 sectors and available from entry level through to professional qualifications at level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study). Level 3 is equivalent to A' Levels. They are designed for people interested in a particular sector or industry.
The primary sectors are: applied science, art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering, media, health and social care, hospitality, ICT, land-based, performing arts, public services, sport, travel and tourism.
You can study BTECs alongside academic qualifications (usually GCSEs or A Levels) or as part of a wider programme (such as an apprenticeship). You can also study a BTEC as a standalone course.
There are three main types of BTEC:
BTEC Firsts, available from entry level to Level 2 (similar standard to GCSEs).
These offer an introduction to work in a vocational sector. Combined with other qualifications, these can enable you to go on to further study, to an apprenticeship, or into employment.
BTEC Nationals, available from Level 3 (similar standard to A levels).
Many of these are well regarded by universities, further education colleges, and employers. A BTEC National qualification can lead to employment, continuing study, or professional development programmes.
BTEC Apprenticeships, available at Levels 2 to 5 across more than 25 sectors.
BTECs are growing in popularity with students attracted to their more career focused, coursework based and modular approach. The BTEC is also often the vocational component in the highly regarded IB Career Related Diploma.
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