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BTEC

BTEC qualifications are a vocational path into Higher Education or the world of work. The qualifications originate from the UK and are a well-regarded alternative to traditional A Level or IB courses for Post 16 students.
BTEC
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
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What is a BTEC?

BTEC stands for Business and Technology Education Council. The BTEC Extended Diploma qualification represents a vocational alternative to A Levels or IB (whereas BTEC First courses are equivalent to GCSEs).

BTEC qualifications can be studied as double awards (equivalent to 2 A Levels) or triple awards (equivalent to 3 A Levels). Students may also choose to study for an A Level qualification to complement their BTEC studies and attract a higher UCAS point score.

In the UK, the BTEC suite of qualifications also extends to BTEC Apprenticeships, which offer a balance of ‘on and off the job’ training in a specific career. At present, such apprenticeships are not available in the UAE.

BTEC courses are best suited to those students who have a strong leaning to a particular career or sector. In addition, the courses may well suit those students who demonstrate their talents best through ongoing assessment rather than in high stakes examinations. BTEC courses typically consist of 18 modules, for which students submit coursework to demonstrate competency.

More than 95% of UK universities accept BTEC qualifications. Some high performing universities require students to have an A Level in addition to BTEC, and students who have particular interest in a specific institution are advised to check this with the university prior to commencing their Post 16 studies.

What BTEC subjects are available?

In the UK, BTECs are offered in a broad spectrum of diverse subjects areas such as Land Management, Media, Childcare and Construction. In the UAE, schools typically offer BTECs in one or more of; Art & Design, Business, Sport and Performing Arts.

How is BTEC graded?

BTECs final grades are split into three and may be awared in any combination of 'Starred Distinction, Distinction, Merit and Pass'. A top performing student would receive three Starred Distinction grades. Other students may receive award combinations such as Merit, Merit, Pass. Each grade attracts a different UCAS tariff and is described as being equivalent to a certain level of A Level grades. The table below demonstrates this:

BTEC grade UCAS tariff UCAS equivalence to A-Level Equivalence to A-Level
Starred distinction 56 A* A
Distinction 48 A Between B and C
Merit 32 C Between C and D
Pass 16 E Between D and E

There are an increasing number of UAE school now offering BTEC qualifications alongside the more traditional academic routes.  These schools include:

 

27 UAE Schools offering BTEC

School name Community City
Al Yasmina Academy Al Raha Gardens Abu Dhabi
Arcadia School Jumeirah Village Triangle Dubai
British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi Al Khubairat Abu Dhabi
Cambridge International School Dubai Garhoud Dubai
DEWA Academy Al Hudaiba Dubai
Dubai British School Emirates Hills Dubai
Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Dubai
Dubai English Speaking College Dubai Academic City Dubai
Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills Dubai
Dubai International Academy Al Barsha Al Barsha 1 Dubai
GEMS FirstPoint School The Villa Dubai
GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai
GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai Al Sufouh Dubai
Horizon International School Umm Sheif Dubai
Jumeira Baccalaureate School Jumeirah 1 Dubai
Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches Arabian Ranches Dubai
Kent College Dubai Nad al Sheba Dubai
Raffles International School Umm Suqeim Dubai
Raffles World Academy Umm Suqeim Dubai
Safa Community School Motor City Dubai
Sheffield Private School Al Nahda Dubai
Sunmarke School Jumeirah Village Triangle Dubai
The Aquila School The Villa Dubai
The Arbor School Al Furjan Dubai
The English College Dubai Umm Suqeim Dubai
The Winchester School Jebel Ali Dubai
Uptown School Mirdif Dubai

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