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Female students score highly in latest BTEC results

When it comes to top grades, female students outperform their male counterparts in almost all subjects

Posted by Julian Owen | November 13, 2018 | Teaching

Pearson, the organisers of the BTEC qualification, has published its results data for 2018. Extrapolating from the more than 430,000 qualifications taken in the last academic year, they report that:

 - Girls outperform boys in almost all subjects. 3.8% of female students achieved the top grade compared to 2.4% of male learners on the new Extended Diploma. Meanwhile, at level 2 on the First Award, 15% of females achieved the top-grade, compared with 9% of male learners

 - More female students than males are taking applied science

 - At Level 3, the five most popular subjects on the new BTEC Nationals are Business, Health & Social Care, Applied Science, Information Technology/Computing and Sport

 - At Level 2, the top five are Sport, Health & Social Care, Business, Performing Arts and ICT

BTEC complements the forthcoming job-focused T levels with broader and more career-focused pathways, responding to the needs of employers in a fast-changing world." Rod Bristow

Pearson said that BTEC's strength is how well it prepares participants for life after study. Rachna Udasi, BTEC Student of the Year 2018, agreed: “What motivated me to study a BTEC is the fact I can apply theory to real-world scenarios within a vocational context. It suits my learning style perfectly and has provided me with real skills that will be useful within employment. Developing my business skills within the BTEC course has also given me the confidence to set up my own social enterprise to help Ugandan children with dyslexia.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK, said: “I’d like to congratulate all BTEC students for their achievements and wish them every future success as they look to the next phase of their lives, whether that’s employment, an apprenticeship or on to higher education. It’s great to see students choosing subjects that will lead them into a successful career, such as Health & Social Care, Applied Science and ICT/Computing.

“BTEC complements the forthcoming job-focused T levels with broader and more career-focused pathways, responding to the needs of employers in a fast-changing world. They provide a wider choice of high-quality educational routes, equipping students with the skills needed to progress into successful careers; key to the UK’s economic future.”

For full results details, click here.



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