The TechBacc (Technical Baccalaureate) programme is aimed at ambitious students that want to pursue a technical career. It gives young people the opportunity to be stretched through high-quality, rigorous qualifications, and to demonstrate their personal best.
The programme combines a major vocational component, based around the successful BTEC Level 3 Diploma courses with a Level 3 Maths qualification and an accredited project qualification to create a study programme designed to provide you with a head start in a range of technology-based careers.
The qualification has been developed in response to feedback from employers and universities to provide the skills needed for future professionals in a wide range of technical careers.
What else will I study on the TechBacc programme?
Apart from your main BTEC specialism, you will also take: a ‘core Maths’ qualification to take your numeracy skills well beyond GCSE and an Extended Project Qualification where you will be linked to an employer and carry out a work-based research project. There will also be the opportunity to complete high quality work experience.
What are the entry requirements for the TechBacc?
You will need at least three B grades and two C grades from your GCSEs, including GCSE English Language and Maths at C or above.
GCSE English and Mathematics are essential requirements for employment and Higher Education.
If you haven't achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics you will need to study either GCSE or Functional Skills alongside your main programme of study. If you have achieved a grade C or above in English and Maths you will be expected to engage in extending these skills through directed study.
Functional Skills qualifications are an excellent way to prove you have the valuable, transferable English and Maths skills that higher education and the world of work require.
All full-time 16-18 year old students study one Functional Skill a year as part of their main programme unless they already have a GCSE at grade A* to C or a Functional Skill in the subject at the appropriate level. The Functional Skills you study are chosen to be the most relevant to you and your main course.
Specialist teachers and curriculum teams will help you gain these essential, transferable skills using modern and innovative teaching methods designed to motivate you and help you achieve your full potential.