Higher Nationals Newsletter April 2022

Thu Apr 14 08:00:00 UTC 2022

Pearson-set theme releases and more exciting news.

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Bulk orders for Business E-Textbooks

You can now purchase multiple licenses for you and your students for our new Business E-Textbook. Find out more about bulk prices and placing your order.

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Higher National Computing Re-Approval

The current Higher Nationals in Computing will expire on 31 August 2022 with the new 2022 specifications for first teach from 1 September 2022. You can view the Computing (2022) specification version on our website, alongside further information about HTQ's.

Approval for the new 2022 specifications will need to be in place prior to September, should you be looking to enrol new students from September 2022. If you currently deliver the Computing (2017) qualification, you can apply for re-approval of the new specification.

To do this, simply submit a declaration form to hnqa@pearson.com and your request will be processed in line with the re-approval of Higher Nationals guidanceShould you not be eligible for auto-approval, a desk-based review will be required as outlined in the re-approval guidance.


Pearson-set theme and topic releases 

WNew Pearson-set Theme and Topics documents for subjects that will start between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023 have been uploaded onto the HN Global subject pages.

Explore the Pearson-set releases

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BTEC Awards: Nominations now closed 

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2022 BTEC Awards. We received nominations from over 40 different countries – the most in the BTEC Awards history!

We look forward to announcing the winners at our awards ceremony which will be taking place on 23 June 2022.


Enter the BTEC Showstopper Challenge!

The BTEC Showstopper Challenge is an annual competition that gives BTEC learners the opportunity to perform at the BTEC Awards. You can submit creative entries including music, dance, singing and dramatic performances. Winners will be able to showcase their talents live at Central Hall Westminster in London, with international performances shown at the event and live streamed to BTEC audiences globally.

You can enter your learners into the Showstopper Challenge by recording their performance, filling in our entry form and emailing them to btecawards@pearson.com. Our guide for entering, terms and conditions and requirements are available on our website.  

Deadline: Friday April 29th at 5pm (GMT) 


Cloud Computing marketing toolkit updates

The marketing toolkit available to centres delivering our Cloud Computing Higher Nationals, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, has recently been updated. Download the toolkit via HN Global under ‘additional teaching guidance and support’ materials.

Download the toolkit

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Did you know...

That we have a range of videos on Holistic Assessment available through HN Global? Take a look at our short tutor resource videos, including topics on Holistic Assessment, Assignments, Student Support, the HN Global academy, and more on HN Global.


2022 Student Survey coming soon

The BTEC Higher Nationals Annual Student Survey is coming soon will be open from 25 April to 15 June 2022. We are committed to providing each centre, who has at least 8 students complete the survey, a bespoke results report this year. This report will detail what your students think about your HN programmes and how this compares with other Pearson approved centres.

If they're not already, please encourage your students to sign up to HN Global where they will need to complete the survey (once it's live on 25 April), as well as enhance their learning through the abundance of resources available on the platform.


Ambassador spotlight: Nicholas Henderson

Nicholas studied an HND in Advanced Practice in Working with Children and Families, whilst completing work experience at a local school before topping up his qualification to gain a degree and his PCGE. 

Read Nicholas' story

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