Business and Technology Education Council
The Business and Technology Education Council was the British body that awarded the vocational qualifications commonly referred to as "BTECs".
BTEC qualifications are undertaken in vocational subjects ranging from business studies to engineering and are equivalent to other qualifications such as the GCSE (levels 1 to 2), A Level (level 3) and university degrees (levels 4 to 7).
The BTEC was formed in 1984 from the Business Education Council (BEC) and the Technician Education Council (TEC). In 1996, University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (ULEAC) and BTEC merged to form Edexcel.
Examples of BTEC courses include Health & Social Care, Business Studies, Engineering, Science, Information Technology, Media Production, Travel & Tourism and Performing Arts.
- BTEC Introductory Certificate - Level 1 qualification, roughly equivalent to 2 GCSEs at D-E grades
- BTEC Introductory Diploma - Level 1 qualification, roughly equivalent to 4 GCSEs at D-F grades or a Foundation GNVQ
- BTEC First Certificate - Level 2 qualification, roughly equivalent to 2 GCSEs at A* - C grades
- BTEC First Diploma - Level 2 qualification, roughly equivalent to 4 GCSEs at A* - C grades or an Intermediate GNVQ
- BTEC National Award (or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) - Level 3 qualification, roughly equivalent to 1 A level
- BTEC 90 Credit Diploma - Level 3 qualification, equivalent to 1.5 A levels
- BTEC National Certificate (or BTEC Diploma) - Level 3 qualification, roughly equivalent to 2 A levels
- BTEC National Diploma (or BTEC Extended Diploma) - Level 3 qualification, roughly equivalent to 3 A levels
- BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
- BTEC Higher National Certificate
- BTEC Higher National Diploma
- BTEC Level 7 Certificate/Diploma in Leadership and Management - Postgraduate qualification, Master's Degree level courses representing the vocational qualification steps towards a full degree
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