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What is a UK BTEC diploma worth in the USA?

Old Dec 6th 2018, 8:52 pm
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Default What is a UK BTEC diploma worth in the USA?

I am moving from the UK to the USA. I have;

Business BTEC Diploma Level 3 DDD (ucas tariff calculator says this is worth 144 points)
Grade B GCSEs (6)
Criminal Psychology Level 3 NCFE

I have no idea what they are worth in the USA, i can not find a calculator which allows me to put these qualifications in.
These qualifications are all 5 years old or more.
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Old Dec 6th 2018, 9:00 pm
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Default Re: What is a UK BTEC diploma worth in the USA?

You can send them off to WES to get them assessed and find out their equivalency in the US, but in all honesty they won't be worth a lot unfortunately. https://www.wes.org/about-wes-credential-evaluation/

HTH, good luck.
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https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4834958

Link says someone was evaluated as an associates degree / 2 year degree

But WES is the way to go.
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Default Re: What is a UK BTEC diploma worth in the USA?

In my experience a Level 3 Diploma is worth the same as A-Levels, which in turn are also worth the same as a high school graduation (they graduate at 18 here, vs 16 (or 17, now?) in the UK). You'd be lucky if they'll honour that as an associates, I have a BTEC Level 3 in IT and an undergrads, I can tell you the BTEC was a whole lot easier than a US associates.
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Default Re: What is a UK BTEC diploma worth in the USA?

What are you looking to do with them?

If employment what do the jobs you are looking at require?
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Default Re: What is a UK BTEC diploma worth in the USA?

It'll get you some lower level university credits, as will A levels. So that could cut some time off taking an associates or bachelors degree. As others said you'll have to get it officially assessed by WES in order to use it for university credit here. I do know that A levels will usually be assessed as 8 LL credits each. Your GCSEs are only the equivalent of a high school diploma.

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Default Re: What is a UK BTEC diploma worth in the USA?

Are you planning on going to college or applying for a job?

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You should at least get direct entry to College's, it might give you some credits towards the first year if you get it assessed. You'll need to be able to compare it to course content in the USA and they may agree you have studied the required hours and also translate the Diploma grade to a GPA. As some Colleges will take good GCSE results alone, it's worth the effort - some require full sets of A Levels though, so it will be College dependent.
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Default Re: What is a UK BTEC diploma worth in the USA?

Mine were translated into an Associates, I also had a BTEC First and a National Diploma both passed with Distinction. Not sure of your sitution but if you're hoping to get an employment-based visa off of a BTEC you're going to find that pretty tough.
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