A Practical Approach to Study
BTECs offer practical experience that is often lacking in more traditional educational routes. Students undertake a number of units for which they present evidence, based on real-life work and studies. This allows them to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in practical situations.
No Exam Pressure
Some students thrive on the pressure of exams, but others often fail to achieve their potential. With a BTEC, progress is measured throughout the course, allowing students to gauge their own performance on a continuing basis. Seeing the progress they have made throughout the course rather than waiting until the end to sit an exam keeps students engaged and motivated.
Learning should be fun, not daunting. In our experience, students enjoy BTEC programs because they can specialize in areas of learning linked with work that interests them, such as sport, art, business, information technology, or music.
Students must meet deadlines set by teachers, but can do this at their own pace rather than having to perform to the time constraints of an exam. Progress is monitored individually by teachers who provide personal support and guidance. Learning is progressive, from small-scale topics to larger and more complex themes.
As part of the IBCC, students can choose to study BTECs at subsidiary diploma, diploma, or extended diploma level.
Teamwork is an important aspect in the world of work. Not surprisingly, it is also a key feature of BTECs. Students work on assignments both individually and in groups.
Ed Excel, the examining board, is continually developing and updating BTECs in response to the needs and skills required by employers. This ensures that students gain maximum benefit from their work while qualifying, and that the qualifications stay current and relevant. All BTEC qualifications are developed in co-operation with the relevant Sector Skills Council (SSC), ensuring they meet the needs of employers.