What is the difference between btech and gcse? are gcse's worth more then btech?
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- Thread Starter
- 01-03-2018 06:27
- 01-03-2018 06:34
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- 01-03-2018 07:38
It's worth noting that you can get BTECs at different levels - GCSEs are all level 2 qualifications, however you can get level 3 (equivalent to A-level) and I believe level 4 (slightly above that) in some subjects. So with the BTEC, it depends a lot on the specific qualifications - and as to it's usefulness for pursuing different pathways, on the specific content (for example, the Level 3 Engineering BTEC is usually not sufficient to continue to most engineering degrees unless you take specific units in Maths beyond the minimum, or take A-level Maths alongside it).
So, as above, it really depends on what you make of them. However if you intend to go on to university, A-levels are usually better preparation, and some GCSEs may be required for this as well (also debatably GCSEs are better preparation for A-levels, although this is certainly something you could argue against). At a minimum, you should (and probably will have to) do GCSEs in English Language and Maths. Double Science would be advisable if you may wish to continue to any STEM subject at any point in the future, including Engineering in it's various guises, and English Literature is usually taken with English Language and helps develop your writing ability further (and specifically develops your ability to write academic essays).
At this point if you follow the above, you're taking the usual "core" set of GCSEs so you may as well just pick a couple of options of interest and do that though...but this is just one perspective. If you struggle greatly in academic exam situations, it's probably best to just do the minimum required (Maths/English Language) and pursue something more appropriate to your strengths (which may be a Level 2 BTEC) - although a poorer performance in GCSE doesn't usually limit you much in pursuing further academic study (it's only really relevant for medicine and Oxford - not Cambridge though ). However in terms of mental health and wellbeing, you may find the less academic route a better option, and it's important to bear your own wellbeing in mind