How do people get on with doing STEM degress when doing BTECS in sixth form/college

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I find it quite baffling seeing many of my sixth form class doing degrees such as pharmacy when they failed AS and did BTEC science in year 13
Surely these students who were unable to do well in AS science subjects will not do so well at uni
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It depends on the course and the uni. I didn't even do Computer Science at A-Level and I've done a degree in it. I know a few BTEC students who went on to do Computer Science at uni too.

It probably won't get you far at the top unis though.
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Because unlike A Levels uni isn't all about one exam at the end of the course...
Some people struggle with the exams not the content.
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The watered down and simplified content of BTEC does not lend themselves to being adequate preparation for degree-level courses, no. And BTEC students often have to do some catching-up in their first year. I speak as someone who knows plenty of secondary teachers who teach both A level and BTEC contemporaneously. The argument about it not having terminal exams and therefore just 'suits people better' also doesn't hold water for me - you have to do exams at University, so you can't evade them for all your academic career. Being able to avoid them in the sixth-form just adds to the problem when you eventually come to having to do one.
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(Original post by Reality Check)
The watered down and simplified content of BTEC does not lend themselves to being adequate preparation for degree-level courses, no. And BTEC students often have to do some catching-up in their first year. I speak as someone who knows plenty of secondary teachers who teach both A level and BTEC contemporaneously. The argument about it not having terminal exams and therefore just 'suits people better' also doesn't hold water for me - you have to do exams at University, so you can't evade them for all your academic career. Being able to avoid them in the sixth-form just adds to the problem when you eventually come to having to do one.
I agree. I study a BTEC myself and have struggled tremendously to find entrance into a pharmacy programme. Thankfully, due to a great set of teachers and pupils we got our second year changed to be exclusively chemistry based which allowed us a shot into some pretty good universities (Ulster, Reading, UEA etc). However, i would recommend to anybody considering a BTEC to try A levels first, because they are in every shape and form a better qualification, even if you get CCC.
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