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Need some advice for which one to opt for A-levels or B-tec equavilent

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    Ok so ive left school and im going to college in September. Ive applied for two colleges and got a place in both. The subjects I have chosen are Business, It, Maths and Psychology. Both colleges are good high standard with a 100% pass rate . However,one of the colleges does an B-Tec in Business and IT which means its all coursework assessed. The other college does A-level Business and IT which are assessed by exams.

    Also the 12 unit Business is equivalent to 2 A-levels and It to one A-level

    All I want to know is:

    Which one would a university prefer?
    Also if you do A-level business what is it like?
    If you do B-tec A-level business what is that like?
    Which one would you go for and why?
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    I don't do any of those subjects so I can't advise you on that. But I can tell you that universities will always prefer A Levels over BTECs even if they say they are equivalent they often aren't viewed as such. The best thing to do would be to check your course on a few university websites and see if they would accept the BTEC if you would rather do those. However if I were you I'd opt for the A Levels.


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    (Original post by TashaEmily)
    I don't do any of those subjects so I can't advise you on that. But I can tell you that universities will always prefer A Levels over BTECs even if they say they are equivalent they often aren't viewed as such. The best thing to do would be to check your course on a few university websites and see if they would accept the BTEC if you would rather do those. However if I were you I'd opt for the A Levels.

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    Ill probably check their websites.Thanks
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    (Original post by Abdul.)
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    If you intend to go to university, then do A Levels. BTECs are a vocational qualification, and universities (especially the more prestigious / competitive ones) are less keen on them. Whilst colleges and the government claim that the two are equivalent, the reality is rather different in terms of how they are perceived by both unis and employers.

    Furthermore, if you do A Levels then you have more choices available to you - you might find that you get to sixth form and find that you don't like business studies (I did this with physics!). If you're doing A Levels, then it is easy to simply carry on the other subjects to A2, whereas with a BTEC you're stuck with your choice.

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