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BTEC Level 2 Certificate equivalent

I heard that BTEC L2’s can be equal to more than 1 GCSE atleast when applying to a sixth form, is that true of all L2’s or just Extended Certificate/Diploma? if it helps the exact course I want to do is BTEC Level 2 Certificate ICT Systems & Principles
Original post by plausible-regret
I heard that BTEC L2’s can be equal to more than 1 GCSE atleast when applying to a sixth form, is that true of all L2’s or just Extended Certificate/Diploma? if it helps the exact course I want to do is BTEC Level 2 Certificate ICT Systems & Principles

A BTEC Level 2 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles is the equivalent of a single GCSE. If that's all you really wanted to know, then you can ignore the waffle below. :smile:

What you have heard is correct - BTECs come in different sizes, and can therefore be worth more than one GCSE. Unfortunately, there's not a desperately straightforward way of mapping one to the other.

The "size" of a qualification is based upon how much time it takes to teach / learn it. There are two measures:
Guided Learning Hours, or GLH, which is how much time is how long it would take to teach the average student the content.
Total Qualification Time, or TQT, is GLH plus the self-study time which the average student is expected to require to complete the course.

A GCSE is designed to have a TQT of 120 (so two GCSEs would have a combined TQT of 240). GCSEs aren't expected to require self-study, so they also have a GLH of 120. For BTECs, GLH and TQT will be different, as self-study is expected.

If two different qualifications have approximately the same TQT, then they're approximately the same size. The course you mention, a BTEC Level 2 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles, has a TQT of 130. (We can see that on the Pearson web site, here.) So it's slightly larger than a GCSE, but I'd expect it to be treated as being equivalent to just one anyway.

The word "certificate" in its title just means a TQT of more than 120 but less than 370, and at level 3 the term "certificate" tends to be used for a BTEC with a TQT of 180 and the term "extended certificate" for a BTEC with a TQT of 360. So an uninformed sixth form might assume from the word "certificate" in the title that your BTEC has a TQT of 180 and is therefore worth 1.5 GCSEs. But I expect most won't make that mistake.
Original post by DataVenia
A BTEC Level 2 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles is the equivalent of a single GCSE. If that's all you really wanted to know, then you can ignore the waffle below. :smile:
What you have heard is correct - BTECs come in different sizes, and can therefore be worth more than one GCSE. Unfortunately, there's not a desperately straightforward way of mapping one to the other.
The "size" of a qualification is based upon how much time it takes to teach / learn it. There are two measures:
Guided Learning Hours, or GLH, which is how much time is how long it would take to teach the average student the content.
Total Qualification Time, or TQT, is GLH plus the self-study time which the average student is expected to require to complete the course.
A GCSE is designed to have a TQT of 120 (so two GCSEs would have a combined TQT of 240). GCSEs aren't expected to require self-study, so they also have a GLH of 120. For BTECs, GLH and TQT will be different, as self-study is expected.
If two different qualifications have approximately the same TQT, then they're approximately the same size. The course you mention, a BTEC Level 2 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles, has a TQT of 130. (We can see that on the Pearson web site, here.) So it's slightly larger than a GCSE, but I'd expect it to be treated as being equivalent to just one anyway.
The word "certificate" in its title just means a TQT of more than 120 but less than 370, and at level 3 the term "certificate" tends to be used for a BTEC with a TQT of 180 and the term "extended certificate" for a BTEC with a TQT of 360. So an uninformed sixth form might assume from the word "certificate" in the title that your BTEC has a TQT of 180 and is therefore worth 1.5 GCSEs. But I expect most won't make that mistake.
Thanks so much! Your explanation is much clearer than anything I found online 😅
Original post by plausible-regret
Thanks so much! Your explanation is much clearer than anything I found online 😅

Your welcome. :smile:

Sometimes I think Pearson make BTECs confusing on purpose. With the mess of different qualifications they have, I really can't imagine that they were aiming for clarity.

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