BTEC Application and Preparation

BTEC or Business and Technician Education Council offers a vocational qualification and further education qualification. Managed by Edexcel Pearson, which is the largest education organization in BTEC, it emphasizes practical skills. It is equivalent to vocational qualification in Thailand.

BTEC covers secondary school level to higher education of level 7 which is equivalent to undergraduate level. Offering a variety of 2,000 subjects, its core subjects include 16 major subject groups: applied science, art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering, media, health and social care, hospitality, ICT, land-based, performing arts, public services, sport, and travel and tourism.

7 Levels of BTEC

Level 1 + Level 2 (BTEC First) For students 14-16 years old, equivalent to GCSE or IGCSE

Level 3 (BTEC Nationals) For students above 16 years old, equivalent to A-Level

Level 4 (BTEC Higher Nationals Certificate) For students above 18 years old, equivalent to year 1 in university

Level 4 + Level 5 (BTEC Higher Nationals Diploma) For students above 18 years old, equivalent to year 1-2 in university

Level 4- Level 7 (BTEC Professional) For students above 18 years old, the highest level of the program

The qualification can be used for job application. Moreover, those who would like to pursuit university can study to complete level 5 and continue with the last year in university.


What are the differences among BTEC, A-Level, IB, and GED?

Details BTEC IB
(Diploma Programme)
GED A-Level
Curriculum UK Universally applicable USA UK
Equivalency BTEC First equivalent to GCSE, IGCSE
BTEC National equivalent to A-Level
BTEC Higher National equivalent to diploma
High school grade 12 High school grade 12 High school grade 12
Study approach Study and take exams at school, but home schooling in Thailand has no clear stipulation yet Study and take exam at school
Home schooling not applicable
No GED provided in schools in Thailand, but it can be acquired at tutorial schools – Can be acquired through studies and exams at school, or
– Study at tutorial schools
Number of required subject tests Range from 120-240 credits depending on BTEC type – 6 subjects
(mixed between Higher Level and Standard Level)
– TOK 100 hours + Essay 1,200 – 1,600 words
– Extended Essay 4,000 words
4 subjects ( Language Arts, Science , Social Studies, and Math) At least 3 subjects
(choose any)
Exam period According to school’s semester According to school’s semester Exam available everyday
Many times a day
Twice a year:
May-June, and October-November
Score system P – Pass
M – Merit
D – Distinction
U – Unclassified
T – Transferred credit
– Score announcement by school
45 points from
– Full score of 7/subject
– TOK and Extended Essay 3 points
– Score announcement by school
800 points from
– Full score of 200/subject
– Pass at 145/subject
– Scores announced right after the test
A* – E
– A* is the highest
– Scores announced 2 months after
Exam approach Depending on school’s stipulation Depending on school’s stipulation Students can choose time and subject order Follow test venue’s schedule
Test fees School’s policy School’s policy $75/subject Varying from
6,035 THB/subject to
6,915 THB/subject, or
9,430 THB/subject


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