BTECs compared to A-Levels

Solihull College & University Centre offers a range of vocational courses including BTECs.

The following video sets the record straight on some popular misconceptions and explains how for many students, BTECs, or other similar qualifications, are the best choice for securing the future they want.

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The way in which BTECs are taught and assessed differs greatly from A-Levels. BTECs are largely assessed viacoursework and practical projects rather than a number of big exams at the end of the year. BTECs focus onteaching the specific skills needed in a particular subject area to succeed in the industry – somethingwhich is highly attractive to employers.

These courses are also a great route into university. Level 3 extended BTEC Diplomas are the equivalent to 3A-Levels. Ninety-five per cent of higher education institutions in the UK accept BTEC students, includingRussell Group universities*.

A new study by London Economics indicates that university graduates who only studied vocationalqualifications at college were more likely to be in employment than those who had studied purely academicqualifications like A-Levels. Graduates with BTECs had an average full-time employment rate of 80% comparedto A-Level only graduates with a rate of 74%. Figures showed that graduates who had studied BTECs at schooland college were on a par with their A-Level peers in terms of the jobs they subsequently secured. On somemeasures they did better – more BTEC only graduates were found to be working as managers, senior officials,or in associate professional roles, compared to A-Level only graduates.

Study a BTEC or similar qualification at Solihull College & University Centre this September!