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Pearson confirms BTEC Higher Nationals extension

1 April 2015

Centres currently offering Higher National qualifications should be aware that the Higher Nationals are due for review in 2015. 

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Higher Nationals extension of current qualifications

Pearson is currently in the process of seeking extensions for all of the current Higher National qualifications, except ‘Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families’, which is due to be replaced as it no longer provides practitioner status. Due to the forthcoming redesign of the Higher National qualifications, we have not made any substantial changes to the unit specifications, however where any minor changes have been made, these are clearly indicated. We have also incorporated the increased English language expectations for Pearson level 4 and level 5 qualifications into the specifications, and these specifications will be available online.

If you have any queries regarding the extension, please email

Higher Nationals redesigned qualifications

Parallel to this process, Pearson is pleased to inform you that it is embarking on a major programme to update and modernise the suite of Higher National qualifications, with plans to redesign the qualifications in collaboration with employers, professional bodies, providers and students. We are adopting a three-phased approach to the redesign, with a view to redesign the two most popular HNs - Business and Engineering - to be ready for delivery from September 2016. We anticipate that phase three will be complete by September 2018. To find out more information about these programme developments and how to become involved, visit our Consultation on changes to BTEC Higher Nationals page. Any queries can be sent to

These are very exciting times for Pearson and our Higher Nationals, and we look forward to you helping us to shape the future of the Higher National qualifications.

What does my centre need to do?

Nothing at the moment, we will be in touch again in April with more details on the extension and support that will be available to you.


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