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.

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BTECs are vocational qualifications, rather than traditional academic courses. Universities have learned that BTECs are a great alternative to A-Levels, and almost all institutions will accept 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 practical 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.

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.

Some universities and colleges refer to UCAS Tariff points in their course entry requirements. You should check these if you have a particular university/course in mind.