They can be taken alongside, or in place of, GCSEs and A levels. They can also form the knowledge component of Foundation Learning or BTEC Apprenticeships.
BTECs have been around for nearly 30 years and their reputation is second to none.
They're recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the UK and in over 100 countries worldwide.
They offer natural progression along a vocational path, from and to academic qualifications and university.
BTEC qualifications are developed with key industry representatives and sector skills councils.
Many industry and professional bodies offer exemptions to successful BTEC students for their own accredited qualifications.