Vivienne Durham: Good A-level grades will offer the widest option of post-18 university choices
Your query is one that concerns many parents and you are right to anticipate the implications for your daughter, post-sixth form.
BTECs were developed as courses which offer valuable qualifications for post-16 students and adults whose skills are vocationally focused rather than suited to examinations requiring written essays and academic study.
New BTEC Nationals are being phased in, during 2016 and 2017. When applying to university, BTECs at Level 3 carry Ucas points equivalent to A levels.
More than 150 UK universities offer degree courses for which BTECs are accepted as qualifying qualifications. In 2015, over a quarter of students accepted in to higher education held at least one BTEC.
However, good A-level grades will offer the widest option of post -18 university choices for your daughter, including academic courses. If she studies A-levels, your daughter is likely to be able to gain a place on either vocationally focused – or academic – degree courses.