BTEC Extended Certificates

“Both my children went to University, one using the A-Level route and the other studying an Extended Diploma (Level 3) in Business Studies.  My daughter found the BTEC route the best for her as she could keep to deadlines for each of the assignments, and gained a Triple Distinction, (410 UCAS Points) giving her a place at Greenwich University.” Parent of former BTEC student

BTECs are the world’s most successful applied learning courses. BTECs are qualifications designed to give students the skills they need to progress onto higher education or go straight into employment through more practical tasks than A-levels. They are produced with employers and HE officials to ensure that they achieve this aim. UCAS point are assigned to the qualifications in exactly the same way as A-levels and a Distinction* in one of our BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas will provide you with exactly the same number of UCAS points as an A* grade at A-level. Applied learning is the right choice for a vast number of students – those who prefer to immerse themselves in project based learning and those who don’t perform well in exams would benefit greatly from studying BTEC at BCHS.

The list of courses that you can take are on the left hand side of this screen, feel free to browse the information anywhere on this website. To study BTEC Level 3 with us you need to achieve at least five A*-C grades at GCSE.

Alongside your courses, you will also study the Extended Project Qualification and Core Maths. The successful completion of this combination means that you have completed a technical baccalaureate which both employers and universities are very enthusiastic about as a combination. Further information about each of these courses can be found in our subject choices on the left hand side.

If you have not achieved a grade 5 in either English or Maths, you will be expected to continue to study these until you achieve the grade 5 with our successful English and Maths faculties.

It is crucially important to us that students experience new things and are given opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise get. Once a fortnight, all sixth form students have the privilege of attending our TEDxBCHS enrichment programme which is our version of the global phenomenon ‘TED talks’. Our speakers this year have included specialists in Animal Rights, Student Finance, a survival expert and many more! Students have unanimously enjoyed the talks and may start to deliver short sections of the talks themselves as the new term begins. Warning – not always for the easily offended or the squeamish!

Every term, all students are given the opportunity to take part in a community responsibility. Twice each week students might be planning events, supporting younger students with their reading, mentoring nervous year 11s with their exam preparation, working in the school stationery shop and many more. Students are given new opportunities every term to ensure they receive a breadth of experience to give them a head start with UCAS/employment applications for life post BCHS.

Click here to see the BTEC Parents' Guide


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