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    Hey, I am having difficulty in finding the differences (although it's probably quite obvious) between:

    - A Levels
    - Applied A Levels
    - BTEC National Certificates
    - BTEC National Award BTEC
    - First Diploma


    If anyone could give me a lowdown on these courses I would be most grateful!

    Thanks,
    Dani
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    (Original post by Horizons)
    Hey, I am having difficulty in finding the differences (although it's probably quite obvious) between:

    - A Levels
    - Applied A Levels
    - BTEC National Certificates
    - BTEC National Award BTEC
    - First Diploma


    If anyone could give me a lowdown on these courses I would be most grateful!

    Thanks,
    Dani
    A levels are more academic. Applied A levels are between A-levels and BTECs. BTECs are vocational (and in three levels - Award, Certificate and National with national being equivalent to three A levels) and I think First Diplomas are the GCSE replacement, maybe?

    It depends where your strengths lie, what you want to be doing in the future and if you plan on attending university - whether your qualification is accepted for the course you want to take :yep:

    For example: for computer science I took a BTEC National Diploma in IT but that'd have been useless had I wanted to take English because then I'd need A levels instead.
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    (Original post by snoogy)
    A levels are more academic. Applied A levels are between A-levels and BTECs. BTECs are vocational (and in three levels - Award, Certificate and National with national being equivalent to three A levels) and I think First Diplomas are the GCSE replacement, maybe?

    It depends where your strengths lie, what you want to be doing in the future and if you plan on attending university - whether your qualification is accepted for the course you want to take :yep:

    For example: for computer science I took a BTEC National Diploma in IT but that'd have been useless had I wanted to take English because then I'd need A levels instead.
    Thank you very much, that was very helpful!
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    most good universities like York, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, University College of London, etc won't accept any kind of Btec's. It is best to do A-levels/Applied A-levels.

    Also applied A-levels are vocational and not academic. So it doesn't include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Sociology, Psychology, Art and so on. Applied include Health and Social Care, Applied Business, Media Studies, etc.
 
 
 
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