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I was thinking of choosing IT BTEC as one of my A Level choices, but heard that BTEC’s aren’t considered “good” subjects to take in order to go to university.

Should I do it or swap subjects?
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If u can take the a level then that’s better but u can still go to uni with btecs
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There’s no ICT A Level option at my school, nor Computing so the only option is BTEC ICT, but don’t some university’s look down on BTECs?
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There’s no ICT A Level option at my school, nor Computing so the only option is BTEC ICT, but don’t some university’s look down on BTECs?
Yes some do. What are your other options, what do you want to do at uni and where?
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My other options were maths and Spanish, I know they are random subjects but they are ones I enjoy and I don’t know what I want to do career wise in the future.
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My other options were maths and Spanish, I know they are random subjects but they are ones I enjoy and I don’t know what I want to do career wise in the future.
BTEC and A level are two completely different qualifications. A levels are exam focused and BTECs are coursework-based. I'd look more into the course s IT is not that well regarded [Computing pr Computer Science are more favoured]
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My other options were maths and Spanish, I know they are random subjects but they are ones I enjoy and I don’t know what I want to do career wise in the future.
Maths is good. Maybe do the BTEC as a 4th option alongside a science?
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Btecs arent a levels; they are another qualification. You can go to uni with btecs but it does limit your choices compare to a levels. it also depends if they accept a certain btec. They will accept your btec if you take it with a levels as well.
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There’s no ICT A Level option at my school, nor Computing so the only option is BTEC ICT, but don’t some university’s look down on BTECs?
There's computer science a level. They dont but ICT btec isn't really a great option. Is there anything at all you want to do in the future?
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I’m in my first year of college and I take a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in aeronautical engineering. As a whole, universities generally accept BTECs if they are as a D*DD or higher (sometimes lower but you’d need to check the universitie’s specific requirements). Through research I’ve also found that universities sometimes want students to have A levels as well. Bare in mind that I’m only speaking from an engineering point of view. If I were you I’d look as the top universities in your chosen subject and see what they ask for. If they require something like a maths A level too, don’t be put off still doing your BTEC. I’m in the position where I’m considering taking A level maths this year along with my BTEC so there are ways around it. It’s not really a case that universities look down on BTECs, it’s more so that they want BTEC students to have additional qualifications as well in order to display their academic capabilities.
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I was thinking of choosing IT BTEC as one of my A Level choices, but heard that BTEC’s aren’t considered “good” subjects to take in order to go to university.

Should I do it or swap subjects?
I did a BTEC in travel and tourism at GCSE and I am planning of doing it again at A-level in college. I think BTEC's are an easy option because it is mainly coursework which you research from. I'm sure if you take another subject at A-level (not BTEC) then it should be fine. Hope this helps
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I’m in my first year of college and I take a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in aeronautical engineering. As a whole, universities generally accept BTECs if they are as a D*DD or higher (sometimes lower but you’d need to check the universitie’s specific requirements). Through research I’ve also found that universities sometimes want students to have A levels as well. Bare in mind that I’m only speaking from an engineering point of view. If I were you I’d look as the top universities in your chosen subject and see what they ask for. If they require something like a maths A level too, don’t be put off still doing your BTEC. I’m in the position where I’m considering taking A level maths this year along with my BTEC so there are ways around it. It’s not really a case that universities look down on BTECs, it’s more so that they want BTEC students to have additional qualifications as well in order to display their academic capabilities.
Absolutely, because BTEC's and A-Levels require different skill sets.
If you want a career in something vocational BTEC's are a brilliant option.
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Ahh right, thank you.
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Ahh right, thank you.
One big question that no one's asked is, what do you want to do post 6th form?
That should help determine what subjects you should take
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