BTECYou may have heard a lot about BTEC qualifications but aren’t sure what they are. BTECs are work related qualifications that are an alternative to A-Levels. BTECs provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. At DLD, we offer BTEC qualifications in Business Studies, Music Technology and Digital Media Production.
BTECs are specialist qualifications that are an alternative to A Levels. DLD College London offers BTEC qualifications that are the equivalent of three A Levels or just one A Level. The qualifications are recognised by 100 countries worldwide and our DLD graduates have gone on to study in Monaco, Chicago and some of the best universities in the UK.
Our BTEC graduates have joined a number of Russell Group Universities including Bristol, Liverpool, Nottingham and Sheffield. In 2015, over a quarter of students accepted into higher education held at least one BTEC qualification.
HOW DO THEY DIFFER FROM A LEVELS?
BTECs offer students a variety of assessment methods which allows them to build on their strengths. Each course provides students with a mix of project based assessments which typically involve employer links, as well as written tests, online assessments and examinations. BTECs have grown in popularity in recent years because they allow students to express their understanding practically, as well as theoretically.
We are incredibly proud of our links with employers. Our BTEC students have recently worked with Ticketmaster, the British Film Institute (BFI) and Harrods. The opportunity of engaging with real world employers is an element that separates out BTEC courses from traditional study. This provides students with an insight into the real world and it prepares them for university and employment alike.
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
To be eligible to apply for a BTEC course at DLD, students must have at least 5 GCSEs at C (Grade 4) or above including Maths and English.
International students need to have a minimum of 5.5 IELTS equivalent level (with no component less than 5.0) and will need to take Maths GCSE and IELTS alongside the BTEC course.
Admission is dependent on interview and previous academic achievements.
100% PASS RATE
Our BTEC students have posted an outstanding set of results in 2017 with 100% pass in all three subjects.
AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATION
Both our teachers and students have been presented with national awards in recognition of their excellence.
In 2016, Media Production tutor John Branney was presented with the ‘Most Inspirational Teacher Award’ at the Shine Awards. In 2017, our BTEC Media Production students were presented with the ‘Showstopper Challenge Award’ by the exam board Pearson.
TAILORED TO THE INDVIDUAL
The reason we have enjoyed such great success in our BTEC offering is because the qualifications allow us to tailor the curriculum towards how our students best understand each subject. We can choose assessment methods and we have a robust process where we use student feedback to review and revise the qualifications each year. This ensures we create courses that students are excited about and motivated to learn.