Edexcel BTEC courses are a great alternative to A-Levels and have been available for quite some time now. BTEC stands for the Business and Technology Education Council. The courses themselves are specialist work-related qualifications, that allow students to gain practical experience before they decide what sector they want to work within.

There are currently over 2000 different subjects in which you can take this qualification, with learning of the subjects being a mix between practical experience and theory. Unlike A-Levels, the courses are more flexible in nature and give the student a chance to apply their learning as they progress. Some of the fields of study include:

  • applied science
  • art and design
  • business
  • childcare
  • construction
  • engineering
  • media
  • health and social care
  • hospitality
  • ICT
  • land-based
  • performing arts
  • public services
  • sport
  • travel and tourism

The other great benefit of the qualification is the lack of examinations. To gain a grade for your course, you are usually assessed by your tutor or teacher who will mark your work against needed learning outcomes at the end of each module of study that you complete.

Can you study a BTEC online?

Even though there is a requirement for some practical experience when studying a BTEC course, it is still possible to study one online and complete it successfully. Usually, the practical experience is carried out through an extended research project or voluntary position within an industry relating to the course subject.

Once you know what subject area you would like to do a BTEC in, then a quick Google search will find you numerous online colleges that can offer you the BTEC course you want to enrol and study.