What are BTECs?

Originally BTEC was an organisation – the Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) – set up in 1973 to nationally validate and accredit high quality, consistent vocational qualifications. In 1996 following a merger of BTEC and London Examinations, a new company, Edexcel, was born. Today, BTEC is a brand for vocational qualifications owned and offered only by Edexcel-Pearson.

BTEC Higher Nationals are QCF level 4&5 qualifications and are widely recognised by universities and professional bodies. Edexcel has more than 150 Higher National qualifications available, suitable for students aged 16 and above. A Higher National student will develop management and higher level technical & interpersonal skills required by employers. After a period of usually two years, students can progress to the final year of degree programmes.

Benefits of BTEC

Students enjoy the personalised, work-related approach to learning because it provides important practical knowledge, skills and behaviours that will enable them to more successfully secure the job they want.


Ambitions 4 photography academy became an EDEXEL approved Centre from June 2010. The academy offers the the following photography learning programmes.

Programme Title: BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Photography (QCF)

QAN: 500/9239/X. Duration: 15 months (758 total learning hours)

Programme Title: BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Photography (QCF)

QAN: 500/9233/9. Duration 20 months (1152 total learning hours)

Some of the universities that recognise BTEC qualifications

Progression Paths can also be found from Pearson's Degree course finder website.