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.
BTECs are quickly becoming a popular alternative to A levels, 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.