Making a BTEC work for you

BTECs are all about applying knowledge and skills in real-life scenarios to create career success and develop the employability skills modern businesses need. You can study a BTEC alongside (or instead of) GCSEs or A Levels at school or college or as a qualification at a training provider centre allowing you to start building the skills you'll need after you leave education, now.

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You can study BTEC Tech Awards or BTEC Firsts alongside your GCSEs to explore different subject areas that really interest you. You will also learn by doing, equipping yourself with skills that you will use throughout your future education and career. Completing your Level 2 BTEC will open options to study at Level 3 with BTEC Nationals, A levels and Apprenticeships. You can find out where the course you want to study is offered via Find Courses.

BTEC at Sixth Form or College

If you’re going into sixth form or to your local college, choosing a BTEC course can open doors to university, an apprenticeship or the first step in your chosen career. You might want to start with a Level 2 BTEC course, that’s the same level as your GCSEs. If you’re going to college to study a career-focused qualification as your main course, a BTEC Level 3 National offers the combination of skills and knowledge you’ll need.  You can find out where the course you want to study is offered via Find Courses.

BTEC at Training Providers

If you’re looking to attend a training provider centre, choosing a BTEC qualification can open doors to university, an apprenticeship, the first step in your chosen career or progression in employment. You might want to start with a Level 1 BTEC course and progress to a Level 2 Apprenticeship or do a Level 2 BTEC programme and progress to a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

BTEC and University

If you want to continue into higher education, you’ll need to achieve
enough UCAS points to qualify for entry into your preferred university. You can secure these with your BTEC Level 3 Nationals, or a combination of A levels and BTEC Level 3 Nationals.