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    Do you think it's fair that people doing BTEC qualifications can get accepted at some top universities (QMUL etc) with distinctions, but many people doing A Level need A*s and As and no less? Considering BTECs are MUCH easier than A Levels?

    If I'd have known, I wouldn't have bothered with A Levels.

    Not trying to be a d!ck or anything but I could never do BTECs. I loved the stress and challenge that comes with A Levels, I wouldn't have it any other way. Much better prepared for University without a doubt. But then again A levels aren't for everyone so having BTECs is always another option for some people I guess..

    BTEC = Vocational route : If you're better at learning this way then it's for you.
    A levels = Academic route : If you like sitting in a library revising notes then it's for you.

    Either way, as long as you get to the next stage of where you're going in life... it's all jolly good.

    Needless to say, BTEC may constrain you in terms of applying to certain universities which may not accept them. If you've done your research into how to get into your desired profession/prospective degree course then tbh it's all down to an individual.

    A levels isn't for everyone and if someone chooses A levels because of the connotations attached to BTEC and does badly.. well.. peak times.

    Meh I ain't too bothered about it

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    Generally speaking: A BTEC course is much easier because the marking criteria is pure coursework; this means the teachers can basically tell you what to write, then you write it without really having to remember it (as opposed to A levels needing to revise for exams), and what puts the cherry on the top is that they can look at it and tell you what mistakes are preventing you to achieve a Distinction so you can go back and easily correct them.

    While this is easier - perhaps they are generally not the best preparation for a full undergraduate course.

    A levels on the other hand you generally have to understand and have a good command of the course content; you must be able to remember much more etc and you only really get one shot at getting an A-A*

    This obviously better prepares you for university though - whats more is that some job applicants for graduate schemes after you finish uni do ask for certain A levels such as a B in maths or english; this is true for some banks which i want to get into - im doing a masters in finance but did a btec so its annoying when your doing a quantitative course that gives you a very good understanding of maths only to be rejected for not having an A level in maths which would have been easier than my masters course lol.

    So to conclude: Both can get you to uni, one may be easier but the other may prepare you better and look more favourable to future potential employers; its still purely down to the individual at the end of the day though & how much work they put in - their academic background is only a rather minor factor when looking for work, they look more for competent employees who demonstrate evidence of the skills and competencies needed to work for them.

    Apologies if this is somewhat long.
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