Brunel University London is proud of the diversity of its student body and accepts students with a range of non-traditional entry qualifications, such as BTEC, Access, and Foundation Courses. The Transition Project focusses on improving the academic outcomes of students who join Brunel with these qualifications with a particular focus on students with a BTEC.
Brunel has since committed to funding the Transition Project until November 2018 to allow us to continue our work in this area and improve our students' reported experiences of transition to University.
On 30th April 2018, we welcomed colleagues from across the sector to share different approaches to supporting BTEC students and promote HE and FE collaboration. Further informaion about the day and our presenters can be found in the delegate pack.
As part of the Transition Project we continue to raise awareness of the academic experiences of BTEC students and how they can be supported in their transition to HE. This has included the following:
If you would like to discuss BTEC students in your college, department or division, please email us.
The BTEC qualification is undergoing a range of changes to the content and the way it is assessed.Students with larger BTEC awards (those equivalent to 3 A Levels) will enter from September 2018 onwards. As such there will be a period of time where we teach students with both the old and the new BTEC. Up-to-date information on the changes in your subject area can be found on Blackboard. The most notable are:
- The introduction of externally assessed work and examinations
- A higher proportion of core units providing greater consistency in learning
- Synoptic assessments covering several units
- Greater maths content in the core BTEC Engineering units
- Changes to unit names and content
- Students can no longer resubmit work multiple times
If you are interested in finding out more about the impact these changes might have on our students, we can arrange an Education Exchange with a local FE college to look at the impact these changes might have on BTEC students' academic transition to university. Please email the Transition Project Manager for more information.
Education Exchanges are facilitated meetings between staff teaching BTEC students at a local FE college and colleagues delivering Level 1 modules at Brunel. They provide an invaluable opportunity to discuss the academic content and structure of the BTEC qualifications leading into their discipline. So far, we have run Education Exchanges with staff from:
- Brunel Business School
- Computer Science
- Electronic and Computer Engineering
By bringing HE and FE academics and tutors together, the content of the courses can be discussed in detail to identify the knowledge students develop pre-entry and the expectations that exist in Level 1. It provides a useful insight into the learning experiences of our students and how we can support them more effectively when they come to the University.
If you would be interested in having an Education Exchange with a local FE college about BTEC's or another non-traditional entry qualification that students enter your subject with, please email the Transition Project Manager.
The Tutoring@Brunel Toolkit was created by the ASK team following feedback from staff interested in having a collection of resources to support their personal tutoring sessions. This has been designed to support the transition of Level 1 students into HE by building study skills in the following areas:
- Time management
- Independent learning
- Critical thinking and reading
- Breaking down assignment questions
- Preparing for exams
Each topic has several activities and an example session plan that tutors can use in their sessions. The toolkit is available to staff via Blackboard Learn. Training on how to use the resources can be provided by ASK; please email the Transition Project Manager if you would be interested in running training in your department.
The Pathways to Brunel programme (formerly Uxbridge to Brunel) is open to BTEC students who have selected Brunel as their firm or insurance choice on UCAS. The day focuses on the academic skills necessary for success in Higher Education and the differences between BTEC and undergraduate assignments. The sessions are led by our Academic Skills Advisors and aim to help students prepare for the academic demands of university.
This year the event will run on Monday 11 June 2018.