(Original post by Pep_)
Defining the collective opinions of 'some universities' in single sentences? With little to no evidence? Only just signed up to the forums (and my first post is a wall of text, great) but I don't half get the impression people are fond of creating their own 'facts' to evidence their arguments.
Each university is clearly going to have differing opinions, these sweeping statements are being applied to entire establishments, let alone separate departments, different courses or individuals. Not to mention the fact there are so many different BTECs which difer in the methods of assesment and teaching.
And in regards to the following quote and similar statements
Sure exams are going to be a learning curve and perhaps even an initial shock, but anything beyond mildly influencing equal opportunity for interviews etc seems too far. On the flip side, A-Level students are unlikely to have covered the practical side of things in as much depth, and in case of nursing, midwifery etc were courses are 50% 'theory', 50 'practise' the BTEC shows its true colours. As BTEC criteria in a lot of areas is met through presentations, written assignments, personal and professional development etc.
Knowing I wanted to do Midwifery when I left high school, I was funneled into a sixth form along with everyone else... where the most applicable subjects were biology (great! even if only a small portion was reproduction/inheritance etc) psych, sociology and well... english language as a filler... ok sure. Untill 6 months in I realised that nothing I had learnt would be applicable in my career. And I was working purely to 'prove' I was capable of higher levels of academic study. I'm all in favour of promoting transferable knowledge, but really...
Rather my 420 UCAS points from 300 hours in maternity care settings, personal and professional development, sociology, psychology, first aid, working in the health sector, anatomy and physiology, efficient communication, people skills, equality and diversity and so on
I get the impression some people are mad they suffered through A-Levels while those good for nothing BTEC kids across the road are breezing through without a care in the world getting equivalent results.