BTECs are vocational courses that can be studied at Level 1, 2 or 3. They don’t generally involve exams, however there may be
some element of external assessment. They focus on coursework, and give a balance of practical work and theory. Please note,
BTEC qualifications are subject to change - please keep checking our website for up to date information.
Level 1 and Level 2 courses take one year and you can usually progress from these on to the next level.
BTEC Level 3 courses include Certificate, Extended Certificate, Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma. They are equivalent
to AS and A Levels and can prepare you for work or university. Other vocational courses may be called NVQ or VRQ and are practical
courses preparing you for the workplace, you can progress from a Level 2 NVQ on to a Level 3 NVQ.
Other vocational courses may be called NVQ or VRQ and are practical courses preparing
you for the workplace, you can progress from a Level 2 NVQ on to a Level 3 NVQ.
A BTEC Level 3 Certificate is equivalent to an AS Level (first year) and the Extended Certificate is equivalent to the second year
of an A Level. These can be combined with A Levels and other certificates if appropriate, for example, three AS Level
courses and one BTEC Level 3 Certificate. Exceptions apply - check the course entries in this guide and our website for information.
There can be additional costs for materials and resources when studying for a BTEC Certificate at Level 3. Please click here to read more about our resource fees.
A BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma is studied in the first year and is equivalent to one and a half A Levels. In the second year you
progress on to the Extended Diploma. The full qualification (two years) is equivalent to three A Levels. We do not usually encourage
students to take an AS Level course alongside a BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma.
Level 3 students will find out about our Flying Start assignments at enrolment. These are short pieces of introductory work to help students get a feel for their new subjects and the type of work expected in their first year.