Delivering BTEC for the first time?

Wed Oct 16 09:22:00 UTC 2013

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. 

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What is a BTEC?

  • BTECs are work-related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students.
  • They're built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university.
  • They provide a practical, real-world approach to learning without sacrificing any of the essential subject theory.
  • They can be taken alongside, or in place of, GCSEs and A levels.
  • They can also form the knowledge component of Foundation Learning or BTEC Apprenticeships.
  • Available across a wide range of industry sectors, they're continually developed and updated to meet the needs of employers and learners.

Where can a BTEC take you?

  • BTECs have been around for nearly 30 years and their reputation is second to none. 
  • They're recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the UK and in over 100 countries worldwide. 
  • They offer natural progression along a vocational path, from and to academic qualifications and university.
  • BTEC qualifications are developed with key industry representatives and sector skills councils.
  • Many industry and professional bodies offer exemptions to successful BTEC students for their own accredited qualifications.

Here are some useful links:

Get started with BTEC

Learn about myBTEC
The online toolkit to streamline BTEC planning, delivery and assessment, liberating teachers to spend more time with their learners. If you're an approved BTEC centre in the UK, myBTEC is free to access.

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Melanie WilliamsSkills qualifications advisor
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