About BTECs and A Levels

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More students than ever before are studying BTECs and progressing to university. According to a 2018 UCAS report, over 17% of students going to uni are doing so holding a BTEC qualification.

Some universities have been historically more focussed on A-Levels as suitable entry requirements, but as the numbers of students studying BTECs has risen, the qualification has become more and more respected.

'Can I get into university with a BTEC?' is one of the questions most frequently asked by students. And the short answer is YES!

BTECs are vocational qualifications, rather than traditional academic courses. Broadly speaking, BTEC qualifications start to prepare you for a career, whereas A levels aim to give you a academic grounding in a given subject.

Universities have learned that BTECs are a great alternative to A-Levels, and very few institutions won’t consider BTEC students as candidates.


Differences between BTECs and A-Levels

One of the main differences between BTECs and A-Levels is the way they are assessed.

A-Levels are much more classroom-based and less practical. A level are geared towards final exams and so do not always reflect a student’s overall performance and potential.

BTECs are continually assessed via coursework, practical projects and involve work experience. BTECs tend to be more career related than A-Levels.

Where can a BTEC take me?

After completing a BTEC level 3 course, you can either look for work immediately (whether as an apprentice or in an entry-level job) or go to university before starting your career.

Straight into Work - BTECs are more practical than A levels and include plenty of work experience, which should help give you the skills and knowledge that employers in the relevant career area look for.

University - The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant courses. Learners can progress to higher education on a full degree or combined courses.

BTEC then University
One important thing to note is a BTEC level 3 will usually get you onto a related course at university, i.e. Level 3 Btec in Sports Coaching & Development could link to a University course such as: • BA (Hons) in Sports Development and Management • BSc (Hons) in Sports Management • BSc (Hons) Sports Business Management • BSc (Hons) Sport and Leisure Management • BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Outdoor Activities) • BSc (Hons) in Exercise, Health and Fitness • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

If you take a BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma you won’t have much study time for anything else, so be sure that the subject you choose is in the field you want to work in.


Is a BTEC easier than taking A levels?

No, BTECS are not easier than A Levels
An Extended BTEC Diploma is equivalent to three A levels.

A standard BTEC Diploma is equivalent to two A levels.

How do BTECs compare to A Levels in UCAS Tariff points?

Some universities and colleges refer to UCAS Tariff points in their course entry requirements.