BTEC stands for the Business and Technology Education Council; they are specialist work-related qualifications, combining practical learning with subject and theory content. They are designed for students interested in a particular sector or industry but who are not yet sure what job they’d like to do, and are well regarded by European universities and employers. A BTEC National qualification can lead to employment, continuing study, or professional development programmes. They are flexible qualification, and can be taken alongside A levels. BTECs are divided into units, which cover specific areas of knowledge, skills, and understanding required by the particular sector or industry. BTEC students take core units, which provide a broad foundation and understanding about the sector, and then choose from a range of optional units, which enable the student to focus on particular interests. The course involves a series of assignments, which can be written or activity-based, for example creating a film clip, planning and putting on a performance, or creating a business plan. Students complete some assignments individually and some as part of a team.