A-Level or BTEC?

A-Level, T-Level or BTEC/CTEC?

Choosing whether to study an A-Level or BTEC programme can be a tough decision to make. The main difference between these courses is that A-Levels are assessed through examinations with some providing coursework modules, whilst BTEC/CTEC courses are more coursework based with some practical assessments and work experience.

At Notre Dame, we offer a wide range of advanced level courses including, A-Levels, BTEC Diplomas, BTEC Extended Diplomas and BTEC Extended Certificates, as well as a number of Intermediate courses such as BTEC Extended First Certificates and GCSE resits in Maths and English.

A level or BTEC qualificatpion grid

You can study a range of subjects or study one subject if you have a clear idea of what you want to do in the future. For example, if you want a career in the Health and Social Care sector, you could do an CTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care which is equivalent to three A-Levels. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the Digital sector, you could enrol on the brand-new Digital T-Level which is also equivalent to three A-Levels and includes a 45 day industry placement.

Students who are less sure of their future goals can benefit from studying a combination of BTECs/CTECs and A Levels at Notre Dame, that’s why we offer students the opportunity to mix BTECs/CTECs with A-Levels to create a broader combination of qualifications.

Most students on an A-Level programme study the equivalent of three or four subjects. For a BTEC/CTEC or mixed programme, your combination of courses should be the equivalent of three subjects at A-Level, with BTEC/CTEC Extended Certificate counting as ‘single’, BTEC/CTEC Diplomas counting as ‘double’ and BTEC/CTEC Extended Diplomas counting as ‘triple’ subjects.

If you are uncertain of how many subjects to choose, please don’t worry – we will give you advice and guidance when we meet you for your interview.

By browsing our site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out about cookies here Accept & Close