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BTEC or GCSE PE

lisatlisat

My son has chosen GCSE PE as one of his options, he enjoys the subject and has done very well in it, also representing the school in 2 sports teams. Yesterday he's come home with the new timetable and hes been put in the BTEC PE group which he's not happy with.(too many children wanting to do gcse pe) He says its limiting him with choices he can make also being continual assesment which he doesnt want to do.
He's going to speak with his teacher today to try and swap to his chosen option.

Any advice on what to do next?

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    dinkii
    I'm sure BTECS are higher than GCSE
    cdm22
    cdm222 years, 10 months ago #2Show comment tools Reply
    "He's going to speak with his teacher today to try and swap to his chosen option."

    Wait until after this has happened.
    samp2603
    dinkii
    I'm sure BTECS are higher than GCSE


    Depends on what level of BTEC he will be studying for. Here is the guide:

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/QualificationsExplained/DG_10039017
    csiman
    dinkii
    I'm sure BTECS are higher than GCSE

    +1
    mum2b
    dinkii
    I'm sure BTECS are higher than GCSE


    No BTEC isn't higher it is meat to be a equivalent qualification but in reality it isnt looked upon the same way by students, teachers and employers.
    Jetpac
    As someone who teaches both:

    The BTEC is an EQUIVALENT qualification worth 2 GCSEs. There are no exams and it is all coursework based. There is also a lot more of a coaching aspect to it aswell (in my school we have kids in from a local primary school who the students run training sessions with)

    GCSE PE is more biologically based and there are exams.

    BTECs are not thought of and regarded as what they once were, They are quickly becoming backbones of curriculums. they are simply a way of learning that suits a different style and if taught well are very good.

    How 'academically' able is your son? Better with coursework or exams?
    csiman
    mum2b
    dinkii
    I'm sure BTECS are higher than GCSE


    No BTEC isn't higher it is meat to be a equivalent qualification but in reality it isnt looked upon the same way by students, teachers and employers.

    BTECS have always been higher than GCSEs

    GCSEs are as basic as they come

    Edited By: csiman on Jun 07, 2011 11:39
    Kitten13
    csiman
    mum2b
    dinkii
    I'm sure BTECS are higher than GCSE


    No BTEC isn't higher it is meat to be a equivalent qualification but in reality it isnt looked upon the same way by students, teachers and employers.

    BTECS have always been higher than GCSEs

    GCSEs are as basic as they come


    a level 1 btech is the same as GCSE, where as a level 2 is higher. depends on which level he is doing. But a lot of schools are doing Btechs.
    strike
    btech are for those who did need help - you need to be chosen - they are laughed at
    farfromout
    I did a BTEC at college, which was equivalent of 3 A levels. It got my into Uni with ease, though the subject wasn't PE.

    Hope this helps.

    EDIT:

    I chose to do the BTEC as it was a more hands on and practical approach. I also got 3 distinctions, which was 360 UCAS points, equivalent of 3 As.

    There is no shame in BTECs.

    Edited By: farfromout on Jun 07, 2011 12:11
    strike
    farfromout
    I did a BTEC at college, which was equivalent of 3 A levels. It got my into Uni with ease, though the subject wasn't PE.

    Hope this helps.

    EDIT:

    I chose to do the BTEC as it was a more hands on and practical approach. I also got 3 distinctions, which was 360 UCAS points, equivalent of 3 As.

    There is no shame in BTECs.

    but nowadays russell groups wont look at people with btec
    lisat
    Thanks for replies
    He decided to opt for the GCSE path after the options evening in school, the BTEC path was not put in a good light by one of the sports teachers, who said its more self directed learning, vast amounts of course work, and better suited to those who dont like exams. also the amount of sports is limited.
    He's doing well in this subject because he enjoys it, and enjoys all sports. He's doing well at school, and is looking ahead at what he wants to do.
    He was gutted yesterday, and I only hope he can sort this out today, If not I need a plan of what to do next.
    Mrs.Z
    From what I know Btec Level 2 is the equivalent of GCSE level.

    In Level 3 (equivalent to A Level) a distinction is like an 'A' grade A-Level, a Merit is a 'C' grade and Pass is an 'E' grade

    I would definitely try and get him on the GCSE course though, BTEC is a vast amount of coursework, whilst I didn't find the theory part of GCSE PE difficult at all.
    Kitten13
    Mrs.Z
    From what I know Btec Level 2 is the equivalent of GCSE level.

    In Level 3 (equivalent to A Level) a distinction is like an 'A' grade A-Level, a Merit is a 'C' grade and Pass is an 'E' grade

    I would definitely try and get him on the GCSE course though, BTEC is a vast amount of coursework, whilst I didn't find the theory part of GCSE PE difficult at all.


    I did btech level 2 at college and it would have got me into uni.
    csiman
    Jetpac
    As someone who teaches both:

    The BTEC is an EQUIVALENT qualification worth 2 GCSEs. There are no exams and it is all coursework based. There is also a lot more of a coaching aspect to it aswell (in my school we have kids in from a local primary school who the students run training sessions with)

    GCSE PE is more biologically based and there are exams.

    BTECs are not thought of and regarded as what they once were, They are quickly becoming backbones of curriculums. they are simply a way of learning that suits a different style and if taught well are very good.

    How 'academically' able is your son? Better with coursework or exams?

    Thanks for the actual facts
    Jetpac
    csiman

    Thanks for the actual facts


    Oh and just to clarify further i mean the BTEC your son will be taking at Secondary...The BTECs at colleges are different and equivalent to different qualifications.
    moneysaverboy
    If he's looking at certain courses that he wants to do later on at college maybe it would be worth contacting some of them and asking them how they view the GCSE v BTEC options. They might tell you that they'd be just as happy with both or that one is seen as higher in their estimation than the other which would give you a better indication for him of how hard to push on the options side of things.

    Failing that, is there a student who's currently on the GCSE course who'd prefer the BTEC course? If so then they could simply ask to swap.
    Mrs.Z
    Kitten13
    Mrs.Z
    From what I know Btec Level 2 is the equivalent of GCSE level.

    In Level 3 (equivalent to A Level) a distinction is like an 'A' grade A-Level, a Merit is a 'C' grade and Pass is an 'E' grade

    I would definitely try and get him on the GCSE course though, BTEC is a vast amount of coursework, whilst I didn't find the theory part of GCSE PE difficult at all.


    I did btech level 2 at college and it would have got me into uni.

    It depends on the course you are applying for and what level you are starting at, I assume a Level 2 BTec would be enough to get into a foundation degree. Do you get Ucas points for a level 2 BTEC?
    FearTheBassPlayer
    csiman
    Jetpac
    As someone who teaches both:

    The BTEC is an EQUIVALENT qualification worth 2 GCSEs. There are no exams and it is all coursework based. There is also a lot more of a coaching aspect to it aswell (in my school we have kids in from a local primary school who the students run training sessions with)

    GCSE PE is more biologically based and there are exams.

    BTECs are not thought of and regarded as what they once were, They are quickly becoming backbones of curriculums. they are simply a way of learning that suits a different style and if taught well are very good.

    How 'academically' able is your son? Better with coursework or exams?

    Thanks for the actual facts



    This is part true - it depends on whether he will be entered for a Certifcate (worth 2 GCSE grades) or the Diploma (worth 4 GCSE) grades.
    master_chief
    Did CSIman get suspended for the comment on here? Seems very harsh mods!

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