BTEC Higher Nationals and Higher Technical Qualifications

What are BTEC Higher Nationals and Higher Technical Qualifications?

BTEC Higher Nationals are internationally-recognised higher education qualifications at level 4 and 5 that are equivalent to the first and second years of a university degree, providing progression to both university and employment..

Universities and colleges in 60 countries around the world deliver BTEC Higher Nationals. They are an ideal choice for students seeking an affordable and relevant route to a degree or employment.

At Pearson, we are aligning certain Higher National programmes with IfATE requirements for Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) in England. This involves ensuring that the program covers the Occupational Standard it aligns with.

Why choose BTEC Higher Nationals?

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  • Higher Nationals enable you to diversify your HE offering, allowing continuity for level 3 students, providing them with a clear progression route to level 4 and 5, whilst meeting the needs of local employers; 
  • They provide students with the opportunity to top up to a university degree; 
  • Build relationships with local employers by responding to the needs of the new Apprenticeship levy;
  • Participate in periodic reviews of the qualifications, working alongside Pearson, employers, HE providers and students to help shape future qualifications;
  • Benefit from complimentary teaching and learning resources that align with your area of expertise, and help with planning and delivery of the qualifications; and
  • Work with Pearson to design and validate your own qualifications that address skills gaps within specific sectors.

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