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BTEC in the MONTCAU-LA MOLA Batxillerats
What is BTEC?
BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) was constituted in London in 1983. Experts from numerous professional sectors together with specialists in secondary and higher education, began to question how their pupils could acquire the knowledge, practical skills and specific and transversal competences necessary to accede with adequate preparation to higher studies and to the world of work.
Since then BTEC qualifications cover a wide range of pre-universty and university specialities including Sciences, Business, Computer Studies, Digital Creative Production, Engineering, Music, Performing Arts, Tourism, Art and Design and Sports amongst others.
Who is Pearson?
Pearson, whose headquarters is in London, is an angloamerican company now dedicated exclusively to education. Its mission is simple: to empower people through learning “always learning”.
Pearson offers its educational programmes and services through educational institutions, governments and directly to individual students. It is the largest educational company in the world, with more than 35.000 employees in more than 85 countries, helping more than a million people of all ages to make observable progress towards realising their true possibilities
The BTEC qualifications are offered exclusively by Pearson.
Why BTEC for our Batxillerats?
Because the future world of our pupils - first formative and then professional - is full of challenge. Aware of this reality and of the important responsibility we are taking on in preparing our pupils for this world, Group Montcau has recently initiated a process of educational innovation called 'Cap a una nova secundària”, “Towards a New Secondary” of which we may highlight the following elements:
- In an increasingly globalised world, mobility and the ability to transport oneself physically and virtually to work in diverse environments makes the knowledge of other cultures and languages a fundamental element of education.
- Technological and social changes plus the increasing complexity of our society require transversal learning such as cooperative team work, communicative capacities, a social conscience, mastery of computer sciences and other intelligences like self management and entrepreneurship.
- Multi-disciplinary skills and transversality are becoming vital. The ideal professional profile for the next decade will take the shape of a “T”, that is, a profound knowledge of at least one field but also the ability to maintain dialogues in a wide range of other disciplines.
The BTEC qualifications which complement our Batxillerats form part of our response to the above challenges and foster the implementation of concrete measures to guide our pupils through their learning process.
Are BTECs official International Qualifications?
The BTEC qualifications offered by Pearson fit within the official framework of the British Qualification system QCF (Quality Credit Framework), a framework which recognises the values of the qualifications and subjects by awarding credits. They are official qualifications awarded by the British Government through its agency Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).
The schools of Grup Montcau are authorised by Pearson to impart BTEC International qualifications. The BTEC programmes which our Batxillerat pupils study are set at Level 3 QCF and Level 4 EQF (European Quality Framework).
Thus the boys and girls of our Batxillerats, as well as achieving the competences determined by the standard Batxillerat programmes, also attain, through the EQF framework and as a result of their learning, a general profile based on the itinerary they have chosen. This corresponds to the following elements:
- Knowledge: theoretical and practical knowledge in a wide context within a specific field of study or work.
- Skills: a range of cognitive and practical skills necessary to resolve specific problems in a concrete field of work or study
For more information about the EQF framework, consult the following links:
What do BTECs offer?
The BTEC programmes are divided into study units which cover the specific knowledge, skills and competences required in the sector of the chosen itinerary.
Apart from developing the professional abilities relevant to the field of work, the BTEC methodology helps to mature vital transversal skills which include the following elements:
What advantage do the BTECs offer?
The skills, abilities and competences developed through the BTEC methodology offer an added value wherever the student carries out their university studies. For those who decide to study abroad the BTEC qualifications have a special relevance due to their recognised international prestige.
Why not the International Batxillerat?
The International Batxillerat is a programme founded by the International Batxillerat Organization (IBO) in 1968. Its programme is generalised and the same all over the world. It allows entrance to our Universities via a specific channel for foreign students, with their Batxillerat mark graded according to a table of equivalences. To improve their mark, students have to sit the specific parts of the University Access Exams (Selectivitat). The adminstration of this access is done via the University of Distance Learning (UNED).
Our model is based on a balance between preparing for the University entrance exams, with the focus on the academic subjects of the official Batxillerat; and working on the more practical competences of our BTEC projects which delve deeper into the Batxillerat model chosen by the pupil and result in a Batxillerat programme which connects more with their interests.
University Studies in the UK:
The BTEC qualifications offer UCAS points in the same way as Selectivitat. British universities, via tariffs established by UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), take these points into account in their admissions procedures, which according to their own claims evaluate the profile of each pupil. The fact of having achieved a double qualification is considered a plus
University Studies in Other Countires:
BTEC qualifications are recognised internationally. BTEC graduates interested in studying in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or other countries can discover all the universities that recognise BTEC through the Pearson Progression Plus Programme and it’s search engine Degree Course Finder by clicking here.
For universities not included in the Degree Course Finder, Pearson offers a personalised intervention service from its headquarters in London, Like British universities, the admission process in other countries usually takes into account qualitatively, the profile of each student, valuing positively the possession of complementary qualifications. BTEC qualifications can also be of added value when applying for scholarships abroad.
How may BREXIT affect BTEC?
The impact of the referendum on Britain remaining in the European Union has no important implications for the value of British qualifications or for those international students who study or wish to study in the UK, nor for those who follow study programmes taught in international schools as is the case of the Group Montcau.
In total, the A levels in Montcau-La Mola have six tracks focused on the interests and needs of each student:
Each track will vary depending on the type of subjects and elective subjects, and consist of 34 hours of classes per week.
In addition, anyone interested in studying a Creative Arts A-level should consult the web of our sister school ESART, International Campus of Performing Arts, Music and Image: