Why are BTECs in Health and Social Care looked down upon?Watch
Yeah, I think it is because it has BTEC attached to it although you can get into university with it. I think also it's because higher qualifications exist like A-levels.
Also the emplyability statistics for BTEC vs A level at both graduate and non graduate level favour BTEC
A levels do nothing for you bar getting you a place at uni, useless in the real world
Get your facts straight before posting rubbish like this
It's not that fact it's Health and Social Care, it's the fact it's a BTEC.
In general BTEC's are looked down upon because they are seen as 'easy' and not as 'hard' as A-levels.
I'm doing a BTEC in IT (I wasn't actually informed about it's low-status when applying for Uni's when I chose it) and barely any Uni's accept it... It's so annoying.
Im a second year Computer Science student at a top 20 university, did the BTEC Level 3 Extended in IT
Typical discussion about BTECs in the top sets of a school:
Teacher: Hurry up do the work, i don't want you to fail **** this year
Bored Student: Ok.. Ok..
Teacher: If you dont get an A/A* in **** your gonna end up with no AS levels next year.
Interrupting smart student: Your gonna do Leisure and Tourism next year!
Teacher: More like level 1 vocational
[WHOLE CLASS LAUGHS]
Bored Student: [FEELING EMBARRASSED]
Here are the statistics for emplyment between BTEC and A level leavers:
No degree, in a professional or managerial job:
A level: 73%
BTEC + Degree: 49%
A level + Degree: 45%
Also there are a significant amount of BTEC leavers working in top fields like Finance, Engineering and Technology due to the practical, vocational focus of the qualification, i personally believe that taking a BTEC at sixth form automatically sets students on a pathway which will eventially lead to either further study in that one particular area that they are already trained in or actually working in the industry that they have chosen, as I have previously said on this thread, i did an IT BTEC and im now in my second year of my Computer Science degree at a top 20 uni, hoping to do an MSci in Information Security or Software Engineering, I would never have got here if it hadnt have been for taking the vocational route early on in my education, and i know so many people who did A levels who yes are very intelligent and are studying in strong academic areas but doing degrees with no direct career path, some of them i know are really panicing about graduating becaus ethey have no idea what to do and im sure these people would have been like the 'top' students you described, but in reality whos in a better position?