Academic Studies & Science
Both BTEC and A Level qualifications are widely accepted by universities. As entry requirements universities state the number of UCAS points they need from students. 30 credits on a BTEC is equal to an AS Level, while 60 credits is equal to an A2 Level. BTEC grades are distinction, merit and pass, while A Level grades range from A* - E.
There are a range of A Levels which can be studied, these subjects perfectly complement vocational study and are desirable for progression onto a range of university courses.
GCSE English Language, Maths and Biology are essential qualifications needed for many jobs or for progression onto further education. If one of these qualifications is part of an entry requirement for your chosen subject and you did not quite reach the required grade; you now have the option to take these qualifications alongside your vocational studies on a part-time basis.
The Enhanced Vocational Programme at Weymouth College is a new and exciting option for 2012/13. It enables learners on a range of BTEC programmes including; Public Services, Sports and Exercise Science, Health and Social Care, Travel and Tourism, Architecture, Engineering, and Applied Science to study one or more A Levels alongside their main qualification. The examples of 'mixing it up' used are the most obvious combinations, but any vocational A Level combination may be possible.
Choosing an A Level which compliments your BTEC qualification will give you more choice when applying to university and allow you to tailor your educational programme to your specific needs. You will be able to focus on a particular career pathway whilst developing the skills required for both vocational and academic qualifications.
For those who are not sure about whether to study a vocational course or A Levels, this option will give you the best of both worlds, as well as the flexibility to combine different options. You can also adapt the course depending on your progress.For further information please view the Vocational Mix booklet.