Not really, as most unis do accept BTECs. It might affect your application a bit to Oxbridge or other good unis possibly.
Last edited by TheProdigy2k9; 20-02-2010 at 02:49.
To be perfectly honest (I'm sure I will get some bad reactions) BTECs are looked down up because there are no exams. In GCSE coursework can be as little as 20% of a grade or as much as 60% but the other marks will come from the exam, will the student will only have one chance at. BTEC is 100% coursework based so there is no revision to do as you don't actually have to remember anything, you can just rephrase your notes (which is what a lot of GCSE students do for coursework) and you don't get any experience of writing to time, which is always a bad thing.
(Original post by ayseta)
I'm currently in year 11 studying for my GCSEs. At the present time I'm thinking about AS choices and university more than I did in year 9 (at the time of selecting GCSE subjects to take), and I'm a bit confused.
In year 9, we were encouraged to select BTEC options as they allowed us to receive two grades equivalent to GCSEs, but now I'm concerned as to whether this will affect my choices in the future.
I've completed my BTECs, which are Certificate Business and Art & Design, where I got Distinction *'s in both. Are BTECs only 'frowned upon' at A level or at GCSE level also? Sorry if this question has been asked already but I'd appreciate any constructive replies... thank you.
Even if a GCSE is 60% coursework, and you get 0 in the exam you will get a C grade, but drop one percent and you'll be at a D, whereas in BTEC you have more time and less pressure because you can always 'do it later', rather than having a set exam time with a time constraint and basically everything depending on that one exam which could go badly.
At my school and in other schools around me you are not allowed to do A-levels if you get less than a certain number of C grades at GCSE and have to do BTEC in the sixth form instead, whereas if you get above a certain level of C grades you are not allowed to take BTEC and must take A-levels or IB as you are deemed as 'too capable' for BTEC, which of course, is a prejudice view, but it is what happens. GCSE BTECs at the schools I mentioned are taught to the 'less able' pupils as it is seen as an easier way to gain equivalent GCSE points.
Last edited by Duckzilla; 24-02-2010 at 19:17.