BTECs are well known vocational courses that can be studied at Level 1, 2 or 3.
They are coursework based and give a balance of practical work and theory.
BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 courses take one year and you can usually progress from
these on to a BTEC at the next level.
BTEC Level 3 courses are equivalent to A Levels and can prepare you for work or
university. You can take them on their own (a BTEC Extended Diploma takes 2 years
and is equivalent to 3 A Levels) or you can combine them with A Levels (a BTEC Subsidiary
Diploma/Certificate is equivalent to 1 A2/AS Level and can be studied alongside
A Levels to make a full-time programme).
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.
BTEC Level 3 Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma
This is equivalent to one A Level. The certificate is equivalent to the AS Level (1st year) and the Subsidiary Diploma 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 for information.
BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma/ Extended Diploma
The 90 credit 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.