New BTEC Level 4 and 5 qualifications in Business announced | Pearson qualifications

New BTEC Level 4 and 5 qualifications in Business announced

12 August 2015

New Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business to be ready for UK centres in September 2016. 

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Following a comprehensive stakeholder consultation held in 2014, the redevelopment of the BTEC 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 students - providing them with the best opportunity to gain employment or progress onto further education. 

Responding to the valuable input from centres, employers, professional bodies, and students, we have been able to embark on this exciting redesign process, and the new BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business will be ready for first teaching for UK centres in September 2016.

The redevelopment of the HN Business programme is taking into account the following:

A strong focus on quality and standards

The new BTEC Higher Nationals are being 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. They will continue to meet all regulatory requirements set by Ofqual.

Progression into higher education

We have worked closely with centres offering HNs in the UK and internationally, and higher education institutions to ensure that the new qualifications will contain the knowledge and skills students need to succeed at degree-level study and beyond.

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 student will be provided with both the theory and the skills relevant to their chosen profession.

To enhance students’ learning experience

We have worked with students and tutors worldwide to create an effective and interactive community space for our qualifications.

A new online library and digital community, HN Global, will allow students 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. We will also be monitoring student satisfaction with the new qualifications through an annual student survey conducted via HN Global.

The existing BTEC QCF HNC and HND in Business have been extended until 31 August 2016, and all new learners from 1 September 2016 will need to register on to the new BTEC Higher Nationals in Business.

What next?

We will support you throughout the process and will update you on any developments related to the new Business programme. We will aim to provide you with a comprehensive structure of the new qualification later in 2015, as well as relevant training material and launch events in early 2016, in order to support you in effectively delivering the new qualifications in September 2016.

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