What are BTEC Qualifications and Who Would Study Them?
BTEC qualifications were developed by the Business and Technology Educational Council and are now awarded by the Edexcel exam board. The primary purpose of the qualifications is vocational. They were created to meet the needs of employers and focus very much on work-related subjects rather than what some might consider traditional academic subjects.
BTEC qualifications also serve as a stepping stone to higher education and range in depth and difficulty from pre-GCSE to degree equivalent. Most commonly studied before progressing onto university education, no matter what time of life you decide to study a BTEC qualification you will be opening the door to numerous opportunities.
What can you study?
The potential student is spoilt for choice with the wide variety of subjects available to study with BTEC course. From accountancy to art; from hair and beauty to hospitality, the range of courses is almost limitless. Students have the opportunity to acquire basic skills in their chosen field or to develop their vocational qualifications and professional capabilities to an extremely high career level.
Where can you study?
The qualifications are available to learners from all walks of life. Learning providers can be classroom based or operate on a distance learning basis. Distance learning offers an increased level of flexibility and can be an ideal solution for those unable to attend a classroom or unwilling to meet the costs and inconvenience of arranging childcare in order to study away from home.
You may wish to develop existing skills, gain further expertise or fulfil a life-long ambition by pursuing the career of your dreams. Either way, whether you’re in existing employment and are looking to expand your skill set or are keen to pursue an alternative career avenue, BTEC qualifications may well be the ideal option.
The benefits of BTEC study
Study may be encouraged by your existing employer and depending on the chosen subject and the learning provider; training can be either in the classroom, workplace based or a combination of the two.
By doing this you’ll benefit from the support of both your learning provider and employer and gain massively from the knowledge and experience of those who work in your chosen industry. You’ll be qualified with the specific skills desirable to an employer thus increasing your employability and giving you greater career choices.
Whether you choose this route, opt for distance learning or study with the support of your existing employer, BTEC qualifications will enable you to work within a variety of industry sectors with limitless possibilities for employment and improvement.