BTEC Higher Nationals Business (2010)

New BTEC Higher Nationals in Business for first teaching September 2016 (International only)

Qualification news | Fri Sep 04 17:00:00 BST 2015

Further to feedback from the consultations conducted with Higher National stakeholders, the redevelopment of the Pearson Higher National suite of qualifications is well underway. We want to ensure that the redeveloped qualifications continue to be fit for purpose and relevant for your students - therefore providing them with the best opportunity to gain employment or progress onto further education.

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As part of this improvement process, we are redeveloping the Higher Nationals in phases. As part of phase 1, we are pleased to announce that our new BTEC Higher Nationals in Business will be available for first teaching from September 2016.

The new BTEC Higher Nationals in Business have been redesigned to build on their existing success and with the following in mind:

To improve students’ success in higher education

We have worked closely with Higher Education Institutions in the UK and internationally, to ensure that the redeveloped content will contain the knowledge and skills students need to succeed at degree-level study and beyond. In addition, the qualifications have been redeveloped in line with requirements and best practices recommended by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the independent body responsible for monitoring and advising on standards and quality in UK Higher Education.

To increase students’ employability skills

Created with  extensive  input  from  employers  and professional bodies, the new BTEC Higher Nationals in Business will include updated content and structures that are in line with the latest industry developments. This means that every learner will be provided with both the theory and the skills relevant to their chosen profession.

To enhance students’ learning experience

We have worked with learners and tutors worldwide to create an effective and interactive community for our qualifications. A new online library and digital community, HN Global, will allow learners to search, share, comment, rank and sort millions of learning resources via an online digital library of hundreds of thousands of eBooks, academic journals, magazines, reports, conference materials, and much more. 

Existing BTEC HNC/HND in Business

We will be extending the existing BTEC QCF HNC and HND in Business to 31 December 2016. Learners registered by this date will have until 31 December 2019 to certificate the qualification.

All new learners from 1 January 2017 will need to register on to the new BTEC Higher Nationals in Business.

Supporting you all the way

To support your delivery of the new BTEC Higher Nationals in Business from September 2016 onwards, we will provide you with a comprehensive range of free resources and training. More information will follow shortly.

What next?

We will be making key information about the new BTEC Higher Nationals in Business available as soon as possible. Timelines for phase 2 developments, which will include Engineering, will be confirmed by end of the year.

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