BTEC Level 3 (new syllabus)

The BTEC National is a level 3 course.


The 360 guided learning hours (GLH) (usually six units) provides a qualification which is equivalent to one A level.

The BTEC National Award offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector


The 720 GLH (usually 12 units) BTEC National Certificate provides a specialist work related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector.

The BTEC National Certificate offers flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the specialist units. It is broadly equivalent to two GCEs or the full award AVCE.


The 1080 GLH (usually 18 units) BTEC National Diploma extends the specialist work related focus available from the BTEC Certificate. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work.

The Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels.


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