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What's the difference between a BTEC and NVQ qualification?

Discussion in 'Access to Higher Education: Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare Professions' started by pixieboots12, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. pixieboots12

    pixieboots12 Member

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    Im due to start a BTEC level 3 extended diploma health studies course but I am not sure what the difference is between a BTEC and NVQ? :? x
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    WooWooSauce 1st Year Student

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    BTEC are much more in depth and a much bigger qualification, it has more theory work to it. I think a BTEC would get you into uni, an NVQ won't.
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    Tesni Well-Known Member

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    NVQs tend to be based around formalising work and skills that you do into qualifications - an assessor will visit someone in work, assess what they do and then the candidate will write up competencies and examples to show they have the skills and then plan what to do to demonstrate the next competencies - all at different levels eg 1, 2, 3, 4. A BTEC is a learned qualification with tests, coursework and exams etc. but they are also at different grades/levels. I don't know how the BTEC, NVQ and A levels compare or what is equivalent to what sorry! Will look for an explanation.........
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    WooWooSauce 1st Year Student

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    Here is the UCAS tariff tables to compare points for BTEC against GCE A Level. NVQ's don't get points.
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    pixieboots12 Member

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    Great, thanks for your help guys :)
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    well i am doing the BTEC extended diploma health studies course at my local college and am just about to start the second year and the uni's seem to like the course but i have not heard any uni mention NVQ's as a way in, i found the first year interesting and some parts were upsetting but i got my certificate through and i am pleased with the grade i got, so i would say the BTEC is a good way in!!x :yes:
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    From what i remember at school a level was the more academic and a BTEC was more vocational, tested more practically and through assignments as opposed to tests, a BTEC was the equivallent to 3 a levels when i was at school. A NVQ is even more volcational and is work based training to lead directly into a job, you tend to do these whilst working.
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    oh right cool, i've already got my a-levels so that's be good if a btec is recognised as an equivalent to a-levels too because then you'd get ucas point for it? i think anyway.

    and natz1992 i dont want to go off topic on this thread so please will you have a look at this other one i started the other day, im just wanting to get an insight into the course and as you've already done a year your experience would be really interesting! Thanks
    http://www.studentmidwife.net/i-wan...college-50/59262-has-anyone-done-btec-l3.html

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