The vocational pathway to Higher Education:
The BTEC methodology

Why go BTEC:

  • 90% of BTEC graduates are employed full time after graduating
  • 25% of learners entering university in the UK have BTEC
  • Courses are co-designed with industry
  • BTEC is taught globally in 70 countries with 1 million learners every year in the UK and internationally
  • Experiential learning where you gain skills that will make you stand out to employers
  • BTEC credits are transferable allowing you entry into a full honours or an accelerated top-up degree


BTEC’s vocational methodology provides an engaging interactive teaching approach along with closer guidance and support for students. BTEC’s higher education qualification offers recognition for anyone taking their first steps into the world of work, progressing through their careers, or planning to enter university. It is a learn-by-doing curriculum, grounded in real work-related case studies, projects and presentations.


Throughout the course, you will work on a series of assignments set in a real-world environment, developing the practical knowledge and skills employers and universities are looking for. As a BTEC qualified student, you will keep applying what you learn on your BTEC course as you progress to university or a job – and throughout your future career. You will develop the practical and managerial skills required to work and gain transferable skills such as verbal and non-verbal communication skills, research skills, teamwork, problem solving and analytical skills. No formal examinations are required for the course. Assessments of the BTEC are undertaken in various ways such as writing assignments, analysing case studies, delivering presentations, completing portfolios of evidence or writing reports.

The BTEC methodology is flexible and credit-based, with transferable credits allowing entry into a university degree course at Ulster University Qatar, or at 95% of UK universities and around 339 universities worldwide.

BTEC diplomas are stand-alone qualifications accepted by employers worldwide, leading to career progression. They are a more affordable and practical way to progressing to university study.




The academic pathway to a university degree:
Ulster’s learning methodology

Why go Ulster University:

  • 6th business school in the whole of the UK
  • awarded the most improved student experience in the UK (in 2016), with an overall 94% student satisfaction
  • ranks top 25% of all institutions in the UK for overall Research (in 2014)


CUC in partnership with Ulster University also offers university degrees awarded by Ulster University, a leading British University that provides quality education with a focus on ‘applied learning’.

Ulster University (UU) prepares highly employable graduates who demonstrate business and entrepreneurial acumen, innovation, global citizenship, professionalism and academic strength. The university is also engaged with businesses primarily through employer liaison, knowledge transfers and work-based learning activities.

The case study method of teaching, used in UU, is an active learning method, which requires participation and involvement from the student in the classroom. In learning with case studies, the student must deal with the situation described in the case, in the role of the manager or decision maker facing the situation. A decision-maker faced with the situation described in a case can choose between several alternative courses of action, and each of these alternatives may plausibly be supported by logical argument.