About the TechBacc

Find out more about the Technical Baccalaureate performance measure, what it's worth, and what you can go on to do once you’ve achieved it.  

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What is the Technical Baccalaureate?

The Technical Baccalaureate performance measure is a new government initiative designed to offer a high-quality alternative to A levels for young people aged 16-19 with aspirations of a technical career. The TechBacc measure is an ideal option for young learners who are interested in occupations that require significant theory and technical knowledge.

The TechBacc programme of study is made up of 3 elements:

A high-quality level 3 vocational qualification from the Tech Levels list

These are qualifications that the government considers to be on a par with A levels - for example, BTEC Nationals. They're designed to give you the specialist knowledge and skills you need to prepare you for careers ranging from engineering and computing to hospitality.

They can also act as gateways to Apprenticeships, employment or to a degree, giving you plenty of options and flexibility for your future career path.

The Extended Project qualification

The Extended Project is designed to help you develop skills in extended writing, communication, research, self-discipline and self-motivation. This will enable you to demonstrate your ability to plan, prepare, research and work independently.

The Extended Project can be a dissertation, an investigation/field study, a performance or an artefact. It can be completed over one or two years, and is assessed by a tutor-assessor from within your school or college and externally moderated by Edexcel.
An approved level 3 maths qualification - including Pearson’s A level in Mathematics, AS Mathematics and Core Maths.

What qualifications do I need to study a TechBacc?

You'll need GCSE Maths and English at grades A* to C to study a TechBacc.

Why take a TechBacc?

The vocational qualification you'll study as part of the TechBacc will show that you've developed complex and non-routine skills similar to those demonstrated by A levels.

The Extended Project element of the TechBacc will develop and test your skills in writing, communication, research, self-discipline and self-motivation - skills that are in great demand by industry, and that are essential for further academic study.

The Extended Project also gives you the opportunity to undertake a research project with an industry focus, related to an occupational area. By encouraging you to explore your chosen vocational sector and increasing your knowledge and understanding, the project will help to strengthen your employability.

What subjects can I study?

We offer a choice of courses across a range of different subject areas that you can take as part of a TechBacc.

See what subjects are available