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What is BTEC?

Established in 1984, Pearson BTEC (Business Technology and Education Council) are a progressive framework of vocational and skill-based courses, teaching and learning resources that support flexibility of teaching, online and in the classroom.

Prepare your learners for a skill-based, future ready career with a BTEC by Pearson. From fundamental learning to professional courses at the postgraduate level, BTEC offers practical, hands-on learning experiences with necessary skills that supports each learner at every step of their career journey. Whether they chose to take their skills straight into employment or further and higher education.

“BTEC played a fantastic role in setting me up well for university but also in securing my first job. I’d really recommend the BTEC as a way of pursuing a career or passion in a particular area”.

- Tunji Akintokun MBE, Senior Vice President, PwC

Levels of  BTEC

A BTEC helps in developing skills at every stage of a learner's academic progression, with vocational courses suited to cater to every level of education. From foundational learning at high-school to professional courses at post graduate level, BTEC combines practical, hands-on learning with skills necessary for every step of the way. Dowload our levels here

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Qualification Levels

BTEC International Level offer learners aged 14-18 the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for a career or further education.

  • Available in a range of sectors for learners who wish to explore a work-related qualification or specific industry area
  • Flexible and modular to fit in with existing curriculum requirements
  • Offer learners industry knowledge, transferable skills and behaviours to prepare them for a career or to continue education
  • Designed in sizes that can be selected as elective options to complement a wider curriculum. 


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Hear from BTEC learners, institutions, and former students below.

Meenakshi Ganeriwala, India

Mahatma Gandhi International School values our partnership with BTEC.
The teachers and learners have a love and respect for BTEC that allows us to be able to offer BTEC even though they are currently not accepted by universities.


Current Role: Head of centre at Mahatma Gandhi International School

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BTEC awards

The BTEC Awards is an annual competition where the outstanding achievements of BTEC learners, tutors, teachers, schools and colleges around the world are recognised and celebrated.

On Wednesday 7 July 2021, we hosted the 11th annual BTEC Awards online. We celebrated the vocational excellence of learners, teachers, tutors and providers from over 30 countries. Every year we are astounded by the quality of nominations we receive, and this year was no different.

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What can learner study?


Careers in management, administration, human resources, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting and finance need the power of keen market insight and participation to develop core competencies and performance. The course equips students to understand international business operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a globalised market place.


Art & Design

The creative industry demands not just constant ideation and creativity, but also the capacity to mould thoughts according to market demand and popular trends to design big ideas. This course helps equip students with the capacity for creative thinking and to recognize its value in the creative industries and beyond. Students are also empowered with the skills to communicate their ideas and creative output through visual, written and oral presentation.

Hospitality Management

The course helps provide students with an exciting, stimulating and challenging programme of study in Hospitality that combines subject knowledge and industry experience that is responsive to the constantly evolving needs of both students and employers. It equips students with hospitality skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to have thriving careers in the global field of Hospitality Management.


Technical studies require core knowledge, skills and techniques that all engineers require, irrespective of future specialism, to be equipped with hands-on knowledge necessary to develop a niche career in Engineering. The objective of this course is to help build a body of specialist competencies in order to be successful in a range of careers in engineering at the Associate Engineer or Operational Engineer level.

Creative Media Production

Creative Media spans a broad range of specialisms and purposes, but all practitioners in the creative industries work to enrich or improve the world around us. Before entering the industry, creative practitioners need to explore and refine different interrelated creative media practices in order to develop technical and communication skills and build confidence for producing outcomes to meet a need or fulfil a purpose.


The course essentially equips students with Sport skills, with hands-on understanding necessary to be ready for careers in training, sport and fitness related fields anywhere in the world. It provides education and training for a pathways and specialised units in the following areas; coaching, fitness, facility operations management and business management.

Performing Arts & Music

Acting and filmography are a few of the most potent forms of art that will always keep global entertainment alive with storytelling ideas. The BTEC course in Art provides a robust course module provides education and training for a range of careers in areas/titles and helps develop insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within the Performing Arts, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels.

Applied Science

Learning and applying scientific thinking creates critical thinkers and will drive the next generation of innovation and growth. Principles and concepts combined with skills and real-life applications across a range of scientific disciplines – that’s what a BTEC in Science is about.


From real estate to power, transport, energy, logistics, telecommunication and site management, the infrastructure and construction sector require skilled jobs to promote its growth and development.

Land & Environment

Key skill development in the environment sector and occupations related to commercial use of land. Important subjects include practical understanding of sustainable development, health and safety considerations and legal principles pertaining to commercial agreements.

Health & Social Care

Sublet occupations under this category includenursing, caretaker, counsellor, therapist, social worker, etc. These skills make way for lesser appreciated but equally significant roles that help society stay together in health and well being.


From real estate to power, transport, energy, logistics, telecommunication and site management, the infrastructure and construction sector require skilled jobs to promote its growth and development.



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