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Thread: What is the difference a Bachelor's degree and a BTech degree?

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    Default What is the difference a Bachelor's degree and a BTech degree?

    Which one carries more weight? My field is Commerce.
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    It depends on what you plan to do, career-wise. A bachelor of arts degree will tell the prospective employer that here is someone who is bright, can think for himself and will be able to make a positive impact on the business. In later years, the degree will fast-track you to promotion over less well qualified employees

    In some countries, BTech degrees are very similar to BA, in Canada they are almost the same whereas in Israel, they are awarded for engineering courses only

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    Bsc,

    btech requires a diploma first?

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    I might not be correct so don't take my word for it but I think a BTech is equivalent to a Bachelors degree.

    You usually have to do 3 years diploma then 1 year BTech, where usually a degree is 3 years.

    As for which one carries more weight they're both the same NQF level but I wouldn't use that as a benchmark.

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    What aspect of commerce? B.Bus.Sci., likely carries more weight for most commerce related industries. As for B.Tech vs. B.Com., I have no idea (I expect that B.Com > N.Dip, but then again a B.Tech has an additional year (note a 4th year to get a B.Com honours can be done too)). If you are talking about specialized areas such as financial software development or quantitative finance, then B.Sc. degrees (and beyond) will carry much more weight.
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    Business Management to be precise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalMaverick View Post
    I might not be correct so don't take my word for it but I think a BTech is equivalent to a Bachelors degree.

    You usually have to do 3 years diploma then 1 year BTech, where usually a degree is 3 years.

    As for which one carries more weight they're both the same NQF level but I wouldn't use that as a benchmark.
    This..

    Also with a BTech degree you don't have the chip on the shoulder like the dude from uni

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    BTech in engineering world seems to lead to more technical work. BSc is a lot more academic and is more often found amoung engineering managers. Still, both are good qualifications and you will find both in most engineering areas. The one big advantage the BTech has is that you can get it part time where a BSc normally requires full time studies.
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    Bachelors Degree <-> National Diploma
    Honours Degree <-> BTech
    Masters Degree <-> MTech
    Doctorate Degree <-> DTech


    Bachelors, Honours, Masters, and Docorate degrees traditionally refer to studies that are more theory based and were usually distributed by Universities (like management degrees etc)

    National Diploma, BTech, MTech, and DTech degrees are traditionally more practical based and used to be distributed more often by the Technikons (like engineering and computer based qualifications).

    Everything has gone University based now and so Universities award both streams of qualifications.
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    Nevermind
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    Quote Originally Posted by visrot View Post
    This..

    Also with a BTech degree you don't have the chip on the shoulder like the dude from uni
    Chip? Care to ellaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaBravo View Post
    Chip? Care to ellaborate?
    Don't feed the troll.

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    A University degree is more theoretically based, a tech has a more practical element to it for eg if you study architecture at a technikon you would usually do a 6 month work practical somewhere. University crams all the theory together and then expects you to go and get experienced once your done with your academics.

    If you compare similar degrees at a University vs a technikon a higher calibre of student attends a university. Usually one with higher matric marks and an ability to deal with a higher level of theoretical academics. The only exception here is probably the BTech engineering degrees at a technikon vs a university. Also the former is still more practically based.

    If you want to qualify in a top profession like a doctor, lawyer, chartered accountant or high level business sciences like MBAs etc you need to attend University. As mentioned the only top profession a technikon caters for is engineering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ^^vampire^^ View Post
    Bachelors Degree <-> National Diploma
    Honours Degree <-> BTech
    Masters Degree <-> MTech
    Doctorate Degree <-> DTech


    Bachelors, Honours, Masters, and Docorate degrees traditionally refer to studies that are more theory based and were usually distributed by Universities (like management degrees etc)

    National Diploma, BTech, MTech, and DTech degrees are traditionally more practical based and used to be distributed more often by the Technikons (like engineering and computer based qualifications).

    Everything has gone University based now and so Universities award both streams of qualifications.
    New change coming, next year's intake of Btech will be the last. It will be:
    ----------------- <-> National Diploma
    Bachelors Degree <-> Advanced Diploma
    Honours Degree <-> Post-graduate Diploma
    Masters Degree <-> MTech
    Doctorate Degree <-> DTech

    I am also not sure with yours, NDip is one NQF lower than Bsc, Btech is Bsc equivalent, some courses have a Btech hons to match Bsc hons.
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