A Level or BTEC? Which one is for you?

You may know exactly what course you want to do when you come to New College Swindon, such as music, business, science and more, but do you know whether you want to do an A Level or BTEC?

If you’re not sure what the difference is between an A Level course and a BTEC course, you’re not alone. Here’s a breakdown:

A Levels

We would recommend A Levels to those who aren’t 100% sure what they want to do in the future.

  • You can choose up to three subjects to study over two years
  • You’re assessed at the end of the two years
  • Start at level three
  • Theory-based
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IG 3

“I’ve learnt many skills in all of my subjects. I was nervous to start college as I didn’t know anyone, but all the students are so nice and comforting and I have never felt lost. College has helped my confidence massively!”

Lottie Silano

A Level Textiles, Graphic Design & Fine Art

BTECs

We would recommend BTECs to those who know what they want to do in the future.

  • Your study programme is focused on your future employment. For example, if you know you want to work in health and social care, then your courses will teach you all the practical skills you need to work in a hospital setting etc.
  • You’re assessed throughout your programme
  • Courses start at level one and go up to level 3
  • Practical study

We offer work experience placements for both our A Level and BTEC students, as well as visits from employers and exciting workshops. BTEC students are likely gain more exposure to these elements as it is already part of their study requirements.

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Bertie Jaques Matthias

“My teachers provided me with useful knowledge and insightful experience during their time in the industry. The stand-out aspect of my course was that I could take part in multiple performances in front of audiences.”

Bertie Jaques-Matthias

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts 

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