#IchooseBTEC with Gloucestershire College

Whether you're looking for a qualification that can help you into a great career, or help you get onto a great university course, a BTEC can help you achieve your goals.

In 2015, 95% of UK Colleges accepted students with a BTEC qualification,
including Russell Group universities

Which? University

What are BTEC qualifications?

Unlike technical or academic qualifications, a Business and Technology Educational Council (BTEC) qualification can give you specialist work-related experience in a particular industry. By combining practical learning with theory, you could study towards a career in an industry that suits you.

Plus, a Level 3 BTEC qualification is the equivalent to 3 A Levels. If you complete a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma with three Distinctions this is worth 144 UCAS points and 1 in 4 university students have a BTEC qualifications, including those at Russell Group universities.

Discover your perfect BTEC at our May Open Evenings

Gloucester Campus

Monday 14 May 

5:30pm - 7.30pm

Forest of Dean Campus

Wednesday 16 May 

5.30pm - 7.00pm

Cheltenham Campus

Monday 21 May 

5.30pm - 7.00pm


Whether you're choosing your GCSEs or A Levels, are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, or want to go to university in the future, a BTEC qualification can start you on a hands-on, practical path. 

At GC, we offer BTECs from Level 1 through to Level 5 over a number of sectors including Art, Construction, Health and Social Care, Sport, Computing, Engineering and more. As well as industry experienced lecturers, we also incorporate work experience opportunities and real-life projects into many of our BTEC qualifications, giving you the skills to be career- or study-ready for the future.

Speak to our Advice and Guidance Team to discuss your options on 0345 155 2020.

BTECs can boost your lifetime earnings by £92,000

London Economics, 2013


If you're helping your child decide which route is best for them to take towards a great career, a BTEC qualification is a fantastic opportunity to help them stand out from the crowd, whether they want to go on to study at university level, apply for an apprenticeship, or go into the world of work.

Many employers and universities praise BTEC students for their practical knowledge of industries and the hands-on experience they are able to gain in their time at college.

Join us at our Open Evenings in May at any of our campuses to discover more about BTECs and discuss with our lecturers and advice team the best options for your child.

1 in 4 students who were accepted to Higher Education
in 2015 had at least 1 BTEC

HESA and UCAS, 2015

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.