A brief introduction to BTEC qualifications at Bilborough Sixth Form College

As a prestigious vocational qualification, BTEC qualifications give students the knowledge and employability skills needed to succeed in higher education as well as the very competitive jobs market.

At Bilborough, we provide students with a fantastic opportunity to study a subject they love alongside other BTEC Extended Certificate or A-level subject(s).

All students undertaking a BTEC qualification are encouraged and supported to complete meaningful work experience, with the necessary support and advice coming from our dedicated Work Experience Co-ordinator. You’ll find more information on our Careers and Progression Programme pages.

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    BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

    A 1 A-Level equivalent qualification in the following subjects: Business, Applied Science, Performing Arts, Creative Digital Media Production. Music Technology – Digital Music Production and Sports & Exercise Science. Each of these would be taken alongside 2 other courses (either A Levels or a mixture of BTEC Cert and A Level).

Performing Arts

Our BTEC Level 3 courses in Performing Arts allow anyone with a desire to have a career in acting or performing arts to study a 1 or 3 A-Level equivalent qualification.


This is a 1 x A-level equivalent course for anyone with a serious desire to have a career in Esports such as Event organisers, theory crafters, Shoutcasters and coaches.
This is both a theoretical and practical-based course which gives you the opportunity to explore a diverse range of skills and experiences using state of the art equipment in our new facility for 2023.

Creative Digital Media Production

Our creative Media Production courses allow students to develop a wide range of practical production skills in a variety of formats in combination with an understanding of how media texts function and media industries work.

This will suit students who may not get Bs in Maths and English but have a real interest in making short films, music videos, documentaries and adverts. Creative Media Production requires a broad range of skills including detailed planning, working effectively with others and good communication skills. An interest in all aspects of the media is essential.


Studying our BTEC Business course allows students with a variety of previous business knowledge to develop their understanding of business environments, finance and marketing. You will gain a variety of employability and higher education skills along the way including presenting, report writing and creating promotional material.

Externally assessed units will test your understanding and ability in finance as well as your creativity in creating a marketing campaign.

You will receive excellent teaching and resources, with visits to selected businesses to enhance theoretical knowledge.

BTEC Sport

Our rewarding two-year BTEC Sport course is the equivalent to one A-level; it is more vocational and is assessed by a combination of both externally and internally verified assignments. There are three levels of achievement: Pass, Merit and Distinction, with the latter requiring the greatest demonstration of knowledge and understanding.

Digital Music Production

The course is equivalent to one full A-Level and is accepted by most leading university Music Technology degree courses. The course also provides opportunities to progress to specialist apprenticeships after college.

Applied Science

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate counts as one of your 3 A Level subjects and is a two year course. It is equivalent to one A Level and is primarily aimed at students who would like to continue to study a Science to support other subjects. There are no special entry requirements above the standard 5 GCSE grades at grade 4 or above (including Combined Science).

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