BTEC Programme – Coleshill College

BTEC Programme

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC’s are work-related qualifications and are offered by a number of colleges in the United Kingdom. BTEC stands for “Business and Technology Education Council” are work-related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students.

These qualifications are ideal for students that might struggle with the academic demands of A Level. The BTEC’s provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning to allow progression towards studies at university.

Coleshill College is offering the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma that is equivalent to A Level and is spread over a two year period. The programme has no examinations but is assessment based on at least 18 different levels to check a student understands and grasp a certain subject undertaken.

Minimum Entry Qualifications

O level 8 Subjects

  • English Language – Compulsory
  • Mathematics – Compulsory

Students successfully completing their level 3 diploma will be more suitable across a full spectrum of industries. The pathway from them to choose varies from pursuing an Undergraduate degree at a university or pursue an HND to their liking.


BTECs stand for Business and Technology Council and are being offered through the EDEXCEL in Pakistan. This qualification has existed since 1984 in the United Kingdom and is equivalent to 3 A Levels’.  The difference between BTEC’s and traditional courses is related to exams and course of study. BTECs give students the skills they need to either move on to higher education or go straight into employment.

What is a BTEC?

BTECs are vocational qualifications compared to traditional academic courses. Students have to undertake a number of units for which they present evidence based on real life work and studies. This allows them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in practical situations.


It is worth noting that BTECs offer no examinations although a number of students thrive and love the challenge and pressure of exams; others often fail to achieve their potential due to the breakdown of nerves. The BTECs is made of a number of units that depend on the size and the BTEC taken. To complete each unit, students work is assessed along the way, linking theory with practical exercises. This ongoing assessment allows students to analyze and improve their own performance through their course of study in much the same way as they would in a real workplace.


BTECs  make learning fun not a daunting task  and we believe that students will enjoy the BTEC programme because they can specialize in areas of learning linked with work that they are interested in, like for example music, business, media, etc. The BTECs are designed and spread over a period to two years and offer a practical approach for the student to decide on a career path that is linking theory with practical’s.

Working together

Teamwork is an important aspect in the world of work; it is a key feature of BTECs. Students work on assignments both individually and in groups. These practical given approaches give the students the much needed exposure of working towards certain projects and also define skills and role play such as manager – employee.

Remember the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business for example, would cover all aspects of business including marketing, law, human resources and accounting. In addition they also cover real life activities such as writing and presenting a business plan.