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Hi everyone, I've done a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Computing, and am currently doing 3 GCSEs, with a view to progressing onto A Levels. However I'm not sure that this is the correct path for me, in fact I believe that I would be better suited to doing another BTEC (or similar) course with a view to progressing onto either work or University from there.

I believe that a BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering would be the best BTEC to start, from there I could then progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma, enter the world of work (including an Apprenticeship), or go to HE College from there.

What do you think of this idea? If I do another BTEC, then should I progress onto the Extended Diploma, go to HE College, or just enter the world of work?
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Are you looking to enter somewhere like a uni if you do a BTEC? Most top unis only accept them combined with certain A-levels.
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Are you looking to enter somewhere like a uni if you do a BTEC? Most top unis only accept them combined with certain A-levels.
Yes I'm looking to potentially go to University, preferably a decent one. You raise a good point, in anticipation of this issue, I am happy to take a Level 3 Extended BTEC alongside the Maths A Level. Or a Level 3 Foundation Diploma, alongside the Maths A Level over two years, and another A Level (likely to be Further Maths) over my 2nd year. What do you think of that idea?
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Yes I'm looking to potentially go to University, preferably a decent one. You raise a good point, in anticipation of this issue, I am happy to take a Level 3 Extended BTEC alongside the Maths A Level. Or a Level 3 Foundation Diploma, alongside the Maths A Level over two years, and another A Level (likely to be Further Maths) over my 2nd year. What do you think of that idea?
That may be a good idea, as some RG’s will like you having Maths/FM with whatever BTEC you’re doing. Just don’t think about somewhere like Oxford or Cambridge, they don’t accept vocational courses.
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That may be a good idea, as some RG’s will like you having Maths/FM with whatever BTEC you’re doing. Just don’t think about somewhere like Oxford or Cambridge, they don’t accept vocational courses.
You are partially correct i.e. you are right when you say that some RG Unis like candidates with A Level Maths if they are taking a Level 3 Extended BTEC qualification. However I disagree when you mention Further Maths, because even Oxford don't ask for it, and they are the most prestigious UK Uni that I know which accept BTEC qualifications at all, so logically no other Uni should ask for it.

However, I believe that you may be wrong on Oxford, whilst they generally speaking do not accept BTEC courses, there are some exceptions to that rule, for example they will still accept a Level 3 Extended BTEC Diploma in Engineering for an Engineering Science Degree, as long as it is accompanied by an A Level in Physics, and the new Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Engineering. Source: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...eering-science
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