First of all, you will be glad to learn that about 1 in every 4 students getting into UK universities come with a background of BTEC qualifications. On the other hand, from the employment perspective, employers love to hire individuals with hands-on training skills that students are bound to develop with a BTEC qualification.
BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is categorized as level 4 based on the higher education qualification framework in UK, therefore it is accredited certificate in the UK and internationally recognized. It includes eight courses with 120 credits and equivalent to a preparation year before starting a degree. The certificate has 120 transferable credits.
BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is categorized as level 5 based on the higher education qualification framework in UK. It has 15 units with 240 credits and equivalent to the first two years of a degree. With one additional year of study at a UK University, it can become a BA Honours Degree.
Many universities allow advanced entry onto the second or third year of a degree. Some universities have direct articulations on to the second or third year of a bachelor’s degree programme with Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals.
Students should be aware that university admission criteria is always subject to change and understand the course entry requirements for subject, year and grade before applying. Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers. After completing a Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment.