BTEC Vocational Qualifications

What is BTEC?

BTEC is the world’s most successful and best-loved applied learning brand, and has been engaging learners in practical, interpersonal and thinking skills for over 25 years.BTECs are vocational qualifications designed to give students the skills they need to either move on to higher education or go straight into employment. They allow you the freedom to create the programme that you want to teach and that your students will want to learn.

BTEC sectors

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Which BTEC?

Entry-Level 1: Foundation Learning – 9th Grade

Foundation Learning is a framework of learning (made up of units and qualifications) at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3 and Level 1. Learners study a personalised programme that leads to a mix of small, flexible qualifications, as a basis for progression to further learning or employment. This programme can include BTECs at the relevant levels. 

Level 2: BTEC Firsts – 10th Grade

Around 100 BTEC First qualifications are available, each linked to an industry sector. Students may take BTEC Firsts alongside core GCSE subjects such as English, maths and science. 

Level 3: BTEC Nationals – 11th & 12th Grade

There are over 300 level 3 BTEC Nationals to choose from, all designed as specialist qualifications for those who have a clear view of their future career or want to progress to higher education. They are an alternative to A levels, accepted as an entry requirement for universities and further education colleges and highly valued by employers. BTEC Nationals are suitable for students aged 16 upwards and are recommended for those who have achieved at least four A*- to C-grade GCSEs or have completed a BTEC Level 2 First. 

BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design – 12th Grade

This is a Level 3-4 programme, lasting normally a year, to help prepare you for entry to higher education, such as art college. 

Workskills –  11th & 12th Grade

The purpose of WorkSkills is to enhance employability and encourage students to gain soft skills to help them with career progression. Learners wishing to gain BTEC WorkSkills can choose from a range of unit options. Many units build on existing life and workplace skills, while some develop skills integral to the school and college timetable.