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I put this under A-Levels because it's partially related to them.

So anyway, this is a little bit of a rant because I was reading some forums and found some bascially bashing on people who do BTEC courses compared to those who do A-Levels. I was really annoyed how stuck up some of the people were about BTEC students, it was all a competition to see what was harder and it honestly annoyed the hell out of me.

I'm on a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma course in Graphic Design, and it is NOT EASY! Graphic Design can be a tough subject as it is, but when it boils down to what you need to know it isn't a walk in the park. No we don't have to do exams but we do have to wait for results when completing our projects and it's just as nerve racking because those results will add up to our final grade at the end of the year.

I've never done A-Levels, but I know from people that I know personally they're not easy either, so I'm not trying to weigh out which one is harder at all. I honestly think it depends on the person's confidence and knowledge in the subjects they're studying.

But what REALLY did annoy me was someone bashing students who only go to college 3 days a week because they do a BTEC course, now I'd like to say, you are awfully incorrect. 2013 I was studying Level 2 Art & Design and I had to go in 4 days a week, and depending on my time table and how much work I had to do it was sometimes 5. Yes where I go the timetables are a little more flexiable but that's so we have plenty of study time inbetween to catch up on work outside of sessions too.

This year I was in 4 days for the first 6 months and then 3. But that didn't make the course any easier, it was just as challenging regardless of how many days we were there. Several people actually left the course after the first 4 months because of how tough it got.

This isn't me bashing at any A-Level students, because I know from friends that it's just as challenging and difficult. But PLEASE do not say that BTEC is for idiots, or it's much easier and we can't complain because it's really not. Some people find it easy, but it's a rather small percentage. No matter what you study there's always gonna be a challenge without a challenge we wouldn't gain and improve our skills.
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Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get responses.

I'm going to quote in Tank Girl now so she can move your thread to the right place if it's needed. :yy:

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Dont listen to them,most of the people on here like that are just stupid little school/sixth form students

They have no experience of both qualifications, what they dont understand is that A levels dont do anything for their employability and that a high amount of A level students end up unskilled because they picked general subjects and have no idea what they want to do, and for skilled jobs like IT or Engineering, companies prefer BTECs, i had a friend who did a Software Engineering Higher Apprenticeship where he is being put through a degree paid for, the people who had A levels had to be sent to college to do a Level 3 BTEC for the first year of the apprenticeship, whereas my friend completely skipped it because he already had it.

also with your course, most A level students tend to do an Art Foundation course after, because they dont have a significant enough portfolio, whereas you will do and will be able to apply to uni earlier, at least thats how it was in my college.

Also, BTECs are really good preparation for university and for some courses better, especially if you are studying in a similar, vocational area, like Computer Science, IT, Engineering, Business, Art/Design, Media etc.
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Dont listen to them,most of the people on here like that are just stupid little school/sixth form students

They have no experience of both qualifications, what they dont understand is that A levels dont do anything for their employability and that a high amount of A level students end up unskilled because they picked general subjects and have no idea what they want to do, and for skilled jobs like IT or Engineering, companies prefer BTECs, i had a friend who did a Software Engineering Higher Apprenticeship where he is being put through a degree paid for, the people who had A levels had to be sent to college to do a Level 3 BTEC for the first year of the apprenticeship, whereas my friend completely skipped it because he already had it.

also with your course, most A level students tend to do an Art Foundation course after, because they dont have a significant enough portfolio, whereas you will do and will be able to apply to uni earlier, at least thats how it was in my college.

Also, BTECs are really good preparation for university and for some courses better, especially if you are studying in a similar, vocational area, like Computer Science, IT, Engineering, Business, Art/Design, Media etc.
Thank you, I'm glad someone understands. I just thought it was important to stress that everything is a challenge, and this course I'm doing is by far the hardest thing I've done so far - and this is the second course I've taken my last one was a breeze compared to this, but they were both challenging. BTEC courses hold a lot of opportunities that some people seem to misunderstand!
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I did both a levels and BTECs the latter was much more beneficial and prepared me better for the style of work at university and I feel like I got more out the BTEC knowledge wise.


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I did both a levels and BTECs the latter was much more beneficial and prepared me better for the style of work at university and I feel like I got more out the BTEC knowledge wise.


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I studied GCSE Art at school and literally learned nothing, when I did a year of BTEC Art and Design at college I literally learnt more in that one year then I did in those 2 years of GCSE. It was highly beneficial to me. )
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I also did both a levels and a level 3 extended diploma in engineering. I found that the btec really helped to focus on what I actually needed to learn. Unlike your btec mine did also have exams within it for maths and mechanical principles. IMO my btec definitely equipped me with the skills I needed for uni.

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BTECs are more specific/specialist and prepare you more for uni in my opinion!
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