A BTEC (British and Technology Education Council) are specialist work-related qualfications.
There are over 2,000 BTEC qualfications available across 16 sectors, from entry level to professional courses at level 7. However, please bear in mind that you can't study subjects like History or English at BTEC level.
What is a BTEC equivalent to?
BTECs at levels 1 and 2 are equivalent to GCSEs
level 3 is equivalent to A levels
levels 4 -7 are equivalent to a degree.
Are BTECs as good as A levels?
BTECs are quickly becoming a popular alternative to Alevels, and cover a range of academic levels. They provide a practical-based qualification that prepares students for their next level of study.
BTECs are not necessarily easier than A levels due to the type of work involved in obtaining this particular qualfication.
Do universities accept BTECs?
You will find that mostl universities accept BTECs in relevant subject areas, similar to how they would with equivalent A-level qualifications.
BTEC students can sometimes be better prepared in terms of the independent studying that's required on degree programmes, due to the portfolio-based nature of BTEC courses.