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Difference Between BTEC and GCSE

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The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and the Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) are both academic qualifications that are awarded in the United Kingdom. The main difference is that BTEC is awarded for vocational subjects, and the GCSE is awarded for a large number of other subjects.

The BTEC is usually taken after the GCSE. This means that the BTEC is taken after the school days.

The General Certificate of Secondary Education can be taken by students of 14 to 16 years of age. Any person, who is interested in any subject, can take this qualification. On the other hand, learners who are above 16 years of age can take the Business And Technology Education Council exam. Some schools also offer the BTEC to students in the age group between 14 and 16, along with the GCSE.

Let us now look at the GCSE. The General Certificate of Secondary Education is awarded for both academic subjects and applied subjects. The GCSE has to be studied full time, at the schools. Moreover, the GCSE is compulsory in schools. Short-term GCSE courses are also available.

When talking of the BTEC, it involves more course work than written exams, but the GCSE involves more written exams than practical work. Only some courses of the GCSE, like arts and designing, involve more course work.

The General Certificate of Secondary Education came into existence in 1986, and replaced the GCE-O level and the CSE qualifications. The Business And Technology Education Council was formed in 1984. It evolved from the Business Education Council and the Technician Education Council.

Summary:

1. The BTEC is awarded for vocational subjects, and the GCSE is awarded for a large number of both academic and applied subjects.

2. The GCSE can be studied by students of 14 to 16 years of age. On the other hand, learners who are above 16 years of age, can study with the BTEC. Some schools also offer the BTEC to students in the age group between 14 and 16, along with the GCSE.

3. The BTEC is generally taken after the school days.

4. The BTEC involves more course work than written exams.

5. The General Certificate of Secondary Education came into existence in 1986. The Business And Technology Education Council was formed in 1984.

6. The General Certificate of Secondary Education replaced the GCE-O level and the CSE qualifications. The Business and Technology Education Council evolved from the Business Education Council and the Technician Education Council.


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3 Comments

  1. HELP!! ….i dont know what to do! every corner i go to theres differnet thoughts about btec!
    someone tell me hoestly what is better…im 13 and choosing my gcses soon and i need need need help im so confused!!! btec or gcse?
    i dont like writting alot and have dreams to work for a buisness when im older ,
    please help!
    you will make a confuzed girls life easier!
    x

    • btec’s are mainly for people that don’t perform as well in exams, that’s why they are marked through the coursework you do. If you don’t feel particularly confident in doing the exams that a gcse would entail, take btec’s. However, you’ll have to do a fair amount of writing in both of them, so you don’t get out of that, i’m afraid :P

      I would say the best thing to do is to take a mix, with both btec’s and gcse’s depending on which subjects your taking. Also, ask your teachers which they think is more suited to your learning style, and which one you would perform better in.

      Hope this helps, and good luck picking your options :)

    • DONT DO BTEC, colleges dont acept btec in their minimum requirements when doing A-levels, so dont do btec its a waste

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