(Original post by 8086)
Ah, perhaps bigot is too strong a word then. Ignorant maybe?
Nope, bigot works just fine. Considering the way that im so academic has gone through this thread just ignoring what others have said and refused to listen, basing her knowledge on one simple fact, I'd use bigot as the correct word.
(Original post by im so academic)
Still the fact that the top universities prefer A-levels than BTECs shows that A-levels are better than BTECs.
Bullsh*t. You say you're unbiased, but you very much are. You might not have a vested interest, but your posts are so very much biased in the favour of elitist universities (ie the mindset that the best universities are the ones that everyone wants to get into).
You seem to forget that getting an education in a natural science or a humanities degree does not make the world go round. Whilst Cambridge might be one of the best universities in what it teaches, the reason it gives as to why it doesn't accept BTECs
is that they're more vocational, thus meaning that the back-to-basics education that most Cambridge courses give requires advanced knowledge of the basics, whilst BTECs tend not to teach these. It doesn't make BTECs less valid - just that they don't suit the Cambridge teaching style.
If you want to hear why I might be more unbiased than yourself - I started my A levels today and will be applying for Cambridge. Unlike yourself, I see BTECs as useful qualifications for those who are less academically minded - there are something like 30 million working people in the UK at the moment, and a very large proportion of them are doing jobs that are essential for the economy, yet would not be covered by Cambridge courses. They aren't the be all and end all, and for many people (who would be able to go to Cambridge should they tried) BTECs are a far more rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Personally, I have no worries about whether they are 'better' or 'worse' than A levels - they're certainly a lot less academic than A levels but they have similar workloads. Neither qualification is about raw intelligence - that's what IQ tests are for, and for the most part A levels are just about properly learning what's in the syllabus - and if you think they're intrinsically harder or better than BTECs you're severely misguided. Top universities don't accept BTECs because they don't fit with the teaching style, and would leave students at a massive disadvantage. Does that make the qualification more or less worthwhile? Of course not.