Why take a BTEC?
Many industry sectors have a set of National Occupational Standards, that professionals must follow. The learning content of our BTECs are built around these National Occupational Standards, and are recognised as valuable qualifications by the Standard Setting Body (SSB) and/or Sector Skills Council (SSC) for each industry.
This means that you can trust that studying a BTEC will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you for further study, training and employment.
What subjects can you study?
BTECs are sector-specific qualifications. There are over 2000 BTECs available across 16 sectors ranging from Applied Science to Public and Uniformed Services. You can see the full list courses available by selecting a sector from our specifications page.
How are BTECs graded?
BTECs are graded using a Pass (P), Merit (M), Distinction (D) and Distinction* (D*) scale. Depending on the size of your course, you may receive one, two or three grades.
The D* grade was introduced to most of our newer specifications in 2010 to differentiate the highest performing students from other Distinction grade students. If the work you produce isn’t of a high enough quality to pass with a P grade, you will be awarded a U, which means ‘unclassified’.
You can find out more about how BTEC grades are calculated on our BTEC grading page.
How will I be assessed?
BTECs are made up of a number of units, which are usually assessed through assignments that are both set and marked by your teacher or course tutor. However, some BTECs contain externally marked tests, which may be paper-based or taken on a computer.
Assignments can include tests, research, essays, projects, investigations, artwork, fieldwork, experiments and often link theory with practical exercises.
The course specification will provide more information on how your course is assessed.
As you are assessed throughout your course, you can analyse and improve your performance in the same way as you would in a workplace.
Does it matter which subjects I take?
Many courses at university or college will require you to study certain subjects. If you have a particular aim in mind you should check the subject entry requirements for that course and take the appropriate subjects or units.
What can I do once I've completed my BTEC?
BTECs can give you a variety of options such as:
qualifying you to pursue a particular job or work in a particular industry
the opportunity to study a new qualification
the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship.
If you pass your BTEC and would like to continue studying, you could choose a qualification at the next level. For example, if you have completed a BTEC level 2 First, you may consider a BTEC Level 3 National, AS/A levels, an NVQ, a BTEC Apprenticeship or a mixture of these qualifications.