The BTEC National Extended Diploma is a specialist pathway in Sport or Business with an emphasis on vocational skills and ongoing assessment. BTEC qualifications are the largest, most recognised vocational qualifications for Sixth Form students. Last year, a quarter of UK university applicants presented with BTEC qualifications, according to UCAS. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma has the same guided learning hours as 3 A Levels, and many Top 20 universities are equating and valuing it as such.
The BTEC Extended Diploma provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that allow students to gain experience of the sport or business sector that will prepare them for further study or training. There is a final examination at the end of the course, but most of the units are assessed through coursework projects. Students are continuously aware of how they are progressing.
Our BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and is a two-year programme. The Extended Diploma receives three letter grades on a scale of P = Pass, M = Merit, D = Distinction,
D* = Distinction Starred. For context, Exeter University makes offers to students with DDD; Coventry University makes offers to students with DMM.
Our BTEC students are part of the Brentwood School Sixth Form and are members of a Sixth Form tutor group; they undertake the EPQ, participate in the Sixth Form Enrichment Programme, Senior Games, our co-curricular provision, and also undertake a work experience placement.
Students opt to specialise in Sport or Business.
The Sport course focuses on Anatomy and Physiology; Fitness Training and Programming; Sports Leadership; Coaching; Sports Performance; Sports Psychology; Rules and Officiating.
The Business course focuses on Advertising, Branding and Marketing; Accounting and Finance; Management; Recruitment, Interviews and Human Resources; Pitching for a New Business; Market Research; Corporate Social Responsibility.
Both courses enable students to develop skills directly relevant to the sector, and will facilitate access to undergraduate courses at Top 20 universities in these fields or apprenticeships and school leavers’ workplace schemes.
At Brentwood School, all students sit formal internal examinations at the beginning of the summer term of the Lower Sixth. We will also accredit the units completed as a BTEC Foundation Diploma. Progression to the Upper Sixth will be dependent upon satisfactory performance, and the grades achieved will inform UCAS predicted grades.