Why Choose a Pearson BTEC?

BTECs are career-focused qualifications taken by over 1 million learners every year and are recognised in more than 70 countries worldwide.

The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0 is still evolving, and although we might not have the complete picture until we look back 30 years from now, employers are increasingly adopting Industry 4.0 processes in innovation, training and development.

Many companies are also grappling with how to upskill and develop their current workforce; this is where BTEC can support. With South Africa’s very high unemployment rate and the high school drop-out rate on the increase, BTEC offers an inviting solution to both these social challenges.

BTEC qualifications have been developed in partnership with educators, employers and governments, and provide a flexible pathway – combining knowledge, skills and their application to real-life scenarios – enabling learners to progress to higher education or employment. You can be sure that a BTEC-qualified candidate will have the skills and knowledge needed to upskill your workforce.


With over 40 years of proven success, more employers and higher education institutions across the globe are choosing BTEC-qualified candidates for their practical knowledge and employability skills.

What are the top 5 benefits of studying a BTEC?

BTECs are becoming more popular among students, so it isn’t a surprise that universities around the world are adjusting their acceptance requirements and promoting the same respect for BTECs as A-levels and NSC’s receive.

After 40 years of success, BTECs have built a sterling reputation. More and more students are applying to universities with BTECs, which is clear sign that institutions have recognised the value of a BTEC qualification.

BTECs prepare students for employment; courses can develop a student’s employability skills as they offer the experience of real-life practical tasks and work placements. The CBI (UK Confederation of Business Industry) has claimed that schools are “exam factories” and academic focused compared to BTECs which prepares students for the world of work. BTEC qualifications are well-regarded by employers as the courses enable students to develop useful hands-on skills such as time management, communication, problem solving and planning.


Read the full article – Schools are becoming ‘exam factories’ which don’t equip students for the world of work, claims CBI


Employers value BTEC qualifications because courses are usually industry-directed; in other words they give students industry-specific knowledge and skills which makes them readily employable. Courses are developed by professional bodies and higher education experts, which guarantees that a BTEC-qualified candidate will demonstrate the right standards of knowledge and practical skills for the role.

BTECs are more practical qualifications with a focus on flexible learning and independence, which appeals to those who find traditional teaching methods and exams difficult. The assessment for BTECs is largely based on regular coursework and work experience, which makes them an ideal option for those who crumble under the pressure of exams.

BTECs can be an excellent way to progress into university and nowadays more and more universities are recognising BTECs in their admissions. ENIC-benchmarked to show comparability against the UK and European qualification frameworks (England’s RQF and European EQF). The BTEC Level 3 extended diploma is accepted by USAf with an English GCSE for universities admission.

Explore BTEC International

The BTEC Level 3 International qualification is available in 5 different sizes:

BTEC sizes Equivalent International A level sizes
Certificate (180 GLH*) International Advanced Subsidiary
Subsidiary Diploma (360 GLH) International A level
Foundation Diploma (540 GLH) International A level + International Advanced Subsidiary
Diploma (720 GLH) 2 International A levels
Extended Diploma (1080 GLH) 3 International A levels

The BTEC is available in over 16 career sectors as follows:

Applied Science
Art and Design
Information Technology (IT)
Business and Enterprise
Land-based (Agriculture)
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Creative Media

Performing Arts
Health and Social Care
Production Arts
Sport and Physical Education

Get started with your BTEC today.

For more information or if you would like to enroll, contact us on grahamtemlett@switchedoneducation.co.za or 084 472 6284.