Today, to coincide with A level results day, Pearson are issuing some provisional statistics on Level 3 BTEC Results for 2016. Full results will be issued in the autumn.
BTECs are the UK’s most popular vocational qualification, taken by nearly 400,000 Level 3 students (A level equivalent) this year. The provisional results show that:
- 376,000 students registered to complete a Level 3 BTEC for 2015/16, compared to 400,303 in 2014/15. This slight decrease is in line with similar decreases in registration in A Level and AS Level, as confirmed by Ofqual in April.
- Overall results are stable, with 16.0% of students achieving a triple D* (the highest grade) for the Extended Diploma (the largest BTEC qualification, size of three A Levels), a slight decrease on 16.2% of students in 2014/15.
The provisional data indicates the five most popular BTECs studied this year remain:
- Business (46986 students)
- Health and Social Care (44557)
- Sport (43024)
- Information Technology (41838)
- Creative Media Production (22526)
The provisional data indicates the five BTECs which saw the biggest increases in registrations were:
- Agriculture (40% increase)
- Operations and Maintenance Engineering (9%)
- Engineering (8%)
- Construction and Built Environment (6%)
- Applied Science (1%)
Commenting on today's provisional BTEC results, and the SMF report 'Passports to Progress Pt II', Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK said:
“As we celebrate the brilliant achievements of those who are getting their A level results today, let's also recognise the hundreds of thousands of students who have received a BTEC National this summer. One in four students attending university now do so with a BTEC under their belt, and today is the day that many of them will have their places confirmed.
“It is very heartening to see students answering the call of industry in their choices of technical and career qualifications - the popularity of business and IT qualifications, as well as encouraging increases in engineering and construction - will be welcomed by employers everywhere, and by the growing number of university courses that lead to careers.”
”Today’s new report from the Social Market Foundation shows that students with BTECs enter higher education from across the full range of income groups, and are more representative of society than A Level students. As such they represent higher education at its most diverse. These students are often the first in their families to attend university, and their progress is something we all celebrate today.”
The full BTEC Results data set will be published in the autumn, as in previous years.
Independent statistics from UCAS / HESA  show that around one in four undergraduate students now enter university having studied at least one BTEC as part of their school and college education -  UCAS data on entry to HE – 2014 End of Cycle Report / Hesa data, 2012
Link to CBI/Pearson survey 2016, The Right Combination.
If you would like to speak to BTEC students or visit a college with BTEC students reflecting on their results, please contact us.