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    How our media and publishing graduate became a senior writer

    hannah by hgeorg | 09-02-17

    Lucie Ellis studied a BTEC National Diploma in Media and Publishing at Leicester College. Now employed as a Senior Writer at Informa Business Intelligence, Lucie spoke to our Alumni Team about her experiences at college, getting into university and making it as a writer.

    “When I was younger I wanted to be a private detective,” she revealed. “But whilst studying for my GCSEs I became interested in current affairs and investigation. So instead I followed a path into journalism. I decided to go to Leicester College after GCSEs because the course offered at Leicester was tailored to learning the basics of media practice and publishing.

    “At college I learnt a lot of practical skills for radio and TV production. I also learnt the basics of news gathering and reporting.read more

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    A levels, BTECs - what's best for you?

    hannah by hgeorg | 25-10-16

    Are you confused about BTECs? If you are you're not the only one. When we're out and about at schools and colleges we frequently get asked about what the different levels are and if they're a real alternative to A levels, so we've answered a few of the common queries below.
    There are loads of different BTECs – what do they all mean?
    There are seven levels of BTEC but broadly levels 1-2 are GCSE equivalent; level 3 is equivalent to A levels; and levels 4-7 are higher education and postgraduate.
    At level 3 there are different types of qualification – the BTEC Certificate; BTEC subsidiary diploma; the BTEC diploma; and the extended diploma, which is the same as three A levels . This means that it is sometimes possible to combine a BTECs with A levels.read more

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    Getting to grips with BTECs

    hannah by hgeorg | 25-07-16

    BTECs were introduced by the Business and Technology Education Council which began in 1984.

    The BTEC qualification was designed to look at the needs of employers and providing relevant vocational and work place related courses, which allowed learners to progress in education.

    BTECs currently cover the following subject areas

    Applied Science
    Art and Design
    Business and Services
    Children and Young People
    Construction and the Built Environment
    Engineering
    Hair and Beauty
    Health and Social Care
    IT
    Media
    Performing Arts and Music
    Public Services and Uniformed Services
    Sport
    Hospitality
    Travel and Tourism

    A BTEC can take one to two years to complete, depending on whether you study for the course full-time or part-time.read more