BTEC Nationals

Alongside A levels, BTEC Nationals are the most widely-recognised qualification for admission to Higher Education.

Find out everything you need to know about BTEC Nationals, including how they are taught, assessed and the progression opportunities they offer.

Across a range of sectors, BTEC Nationals equip students with the specialist knowledge, practical skills and understanding they need to progress along their chosen learning and career paths.

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Why choose BTEC Nationals

BTEC Nationals are career-based qualifications designed to give students the skills they need to move on to higher education or go straight into employment.

More employers and Higher Education institutions than ever before are choosing BTEC-qualified candidates for their academic and practical knowledge and skills.

  • In 2015, over 25% of the students entering University in England did so with a BTEC qualification
  • 90% of BTEC students are employed full time after graduation – Progression Pathways, 2016
  • A Level 3 BTEC qualification can boost life time earnings by £92,000 – London Economics, 2013  
When combined with academic learning in a school or college (or as a stand-alone course in further or higher education), BTEC Nationals develop practical knowledge and skills which help learners to prepare for – and progress in – their chosen career.


Along with A Levels, BTEC Nationals are the most widely-recognised qualification to get into University. In 2015, 95% of UK universities and colleges accepted students with a BTEC qualifications, including universities from the Russell Group.

Find out more about BTEC Nationals and UCAS points.


BTEC has earned a worldwide reputation as a premier applied learning qualification because it provides learners with a clear route into their career. Today’s employers are looking for a confident, work ready employees who have practical knowledge and technical skills that are taught when studying a BTEC.


Teaching BTEC Nationals


Your new BTEC Nationals 2016/2017


BTEC Support


New to teaching BTEC?

Find out everything you need to know about your new BTEC Nationals, for teaching from 2016 and 2017. 

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Discover the range of support services we offer to help you learn about, teach or administer BTECs.

Support for teachers

BTEC Nationals tasks

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BTEC Nationals Employer Engagement

BTEC Nationals Internal Assessment

BTEC Nationals External Assessment


From planning to assessment, our step-by-step guide to BTEC will help you to get set up and ensure you have everything you need to help your BTEC team and learners succeed.

BTEC services



myBTEC is an online toolkit to streamline BTEC planning, delivery, and assessment. It is free to use for UK BTEC centres.

Training and events

We offer face-to-face and online training events for educators who are teaching or interested in teaching BTEC qualifications.

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