Higher National newsletter April 2021

15 April 2021

This month's newsletter includes not only reminders of guidance and document releases but also inspiration for you and your students. 

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Delivery and assessment in summer 2021

Before Easter, we published detailed guidance about delivery and assessment for BTEC Higher Nationals in summer 2021.

The guidelines outline the use of Teacher Assessed Grades at unit level and assessment board process to be used this year. 

Next week we'll run live sessions for centres to explain the guidance in detail and give you an opportunity to ask any questions. 

Student survey launches next week

The student survey is a chance for students to tell us about how their studies are progressing and what value they're finding in the qualification. Any student who completes the survey can also enter a prize draw. 

Can you help us share the survey with your students? We'll be in touch week commencing 19 April with more details. In the meantime, you can find out more about our previous surveys on HN Global.

In case you missed it

The 'what next?' question

Professional bodies across a range of sectors tell us about the value they find in Higher National qualifications. We publish this information to help students progress and give them a peace of mind about their future. 

Progression Hub

Our newest qualification, Higher Nationals in Digital Technologies, has recently been recognised by the Institute of Science and Technology, giving students an opportunity to apply for professional membership.

Find out more

A bridging programme suitable for online delivery

If you are looking to offer an online bridging programme to support progression to the Higher Nationals in Business then the International Foundation Programme for Higher Education in Business programme can meet your needs. 

Business (2020) - International Foundation Programme

In addition to the specification, you can download a qualification guide which outlines the key features of the programme. We also published a digital resources guide to explain how specific units are fully supported by online courses and webinars to enhance online delivery of the programme. 

Download the resources on HN Global

Please note that this programme is only available for centres located outside of the UK.

New Theme and Topic releases

New Pearson-set Theme and Topics documents for projects that will start between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022 are being uploaded on HN Global. Find your subject to access

[Webinar] Addressing the skills gap in cloud computing

We’re hosting a facilitated discussion with Iram Bashir, our Computing & Technologies Subject Lead, and colleagues from AWS Educate, to talk about how HNs in Cloud Computing address the skills gap within the sector. 

Join us on 21 April

Microcredentials and flexible learning

It is undeniable that this last year has accelerated the pace of transformation within the education landscape, changing the way we learn for good. Alongside digital solutions, the move towards stackable skills is also coming to the fore.

This concept has a real ability to change the face of higher education, and it certainly reflects the Pearson mission of lifelong learning. Read our blog 'The future: a jenga game of skills?

What's new on HN Global?

We recently updated the Student Channel with "Project Success Webinars." The short lessons make up some of the building blocks of project learning.

Visit the Student Channel

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