Grantham Journal Guest Column: Today’s BTECs take you further

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Today’s BTECs are more focused, more aspirational and more relevant.

They are known to increase student engagement, enable students to progress, develop employability skills and add value and variety to your studies.

Grantham College has been offering BTEC qualifications for over 25 years in a wide range of subject areas. Taught by sector experienced staff in high quality and well equipped classrooms, these qualifications replicate what the standards industry now looks for.

What is a BTEC?

BTECs are vocational and work-related courses, designed to accommodate the needs of employers and allow students to progress to further and higher education. A BTEC takes a practical approach to learning, without missing any of the important theory on the subject.

Why study a BTEC?

BTECs are recognised by a large number of companies across a wide range of industries – as well as being developed in partnership with industry representatives so employer and student needs are met.

What are the different BTEC levels?

BTECs are offered at a number of different levels from entry level to level 8. A BTEC will generally take one to two years to complete, depending on whether you study for the course full time or part time. They range from 180 guided learning hours for a Level 2 BTEC First Certificate up to 1,080 hours for a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma.

What BTEC subjects are available?

Grantham College offer a wide range of BTECs in the following subject areas: Art & Design, Business, Graphics, Health, Social Care & Early Years, IT, Performing Arts, Public Services, Science, Sport and Travel & Tourism.

How many UCAS points do you get with a BTEC?

If you take a qualification at level 3, you can earn points on the ‘UCAS Tariff’ for entry into higher education. BTECs can earn you equivalent points to AS and A levels. For example, a BTEC National Diploma with overall three merit grades has 240 UCAS points (one A level with A grade has 120 points).

Do all universities accept BTECs?

Ninety-five per cent of universities and colleges in the UK accept BTEC students, with more than 50 per cent of 20- to 30 year-olds going on to higher education have progressed via studying a BTEC. BTEC students can often be better prepared in terms of the independent studying that’s required at degree level, due to the portfolio-based nature of courses. BTEC students have the experience of real-life practical tasks and work placements. This will set you aside from students studying A-levels, who don’t usually have this element as a part of their course.

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