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.