Business and Technology Education Council

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The Business and Technician Education Council (BTEC) is either a secondary school leaving qualification and Further education qualification in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

BTEC qualifications are equivalent to other qualifications such as the GCSE (levels 1 to 2), A Level (level 3) and university degrees (levels 4 to 7). BTECs are undertaken in vocational subjects ranging from business studies to engineering. Examples of BTEC courses include Business Studies, Applied Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Media Production, Health & Social Care, Travel & Tourism and Performing Arts.

BTEC qualifications, especially Level 3, are accepted by many universities (excluding Cambridge and Oxford qualifications unless combined with more qualifications) as the standard for assessing the suitability of applicants for admission in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and many such universities base their conditional admissions offers on a student's predicted BTEC grades.


The BTEC was formed in 1984 from the Business Education Council (BEC) and the Technician Education Council (TEC).[1] In 1996, University of London Examinations & Assessment Council and BTEC merged to form Edexcel.[2]

Awards and course system[edit]

School leaving qualification (Level 3)[edit]

Students must have more than five GCSE grades A*-C including English Language, Maths and Science, or a Merit at Vocational Btec level 2 Diploma for the following Level 3 courses. The qualification names for Level 3 course change dependant on whether they are awarded though the National Qualification Framework (NQF) or the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF):

NQF QCF A level size equivalence
Level 3 BTEC National Subsidiary Award BTEC Level 3 Certificate 0.5 x A level
Level 3 BTEC National Award BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 1 x A level
Level 3 BTEC National Subsidiary Certificate BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma 1.5 x A levels
Level 3 BTEC National Certificate BTEC Level 3 Diploma 2 x A levels
Level 3 BTEC National Diploma BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma 3 x A levels

School leaving qualification (Level 2 & Level 1)[edit]

Further education (Adult courses)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richard Aldrich (2002). A Century of Education. Routledge/Falmer. p. 220. 
  2. ^ "Our history". Edexcel. Pearson Education. Retrieved 14 June 2014.