Higher Nationals Newsletter December 2021

10 December 2021

News and updates about BTEC Higher Nationals for December 2021.

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Delivery of BTEC Higher National qualifications: contingency planning

As the situation regarding COVID-19 infection rates develops, we will await updates from the UK Government regarding whether exams and assessments during 2021/2022 could be cancelled. If Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) are reintroduced because exams and assessments cannot go ahead as planned, we will issue guidance on how this will affect BTEC Higher Nationals.

Until any announcements are made, we encourage centres to continue delivery of BTEC Higher Nationals with current adaptations, as necessary, to maintain the quality of provision for the 2021-22 academic year. Please refer to our Teaching and Assessment Guide if required.

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New textbook for HNs in Business 

Following the revalidation of BTEC Higher Nationals in Business, we have updated the core textbook to reflect the new specification. The changes ensure that units remain current, valid and support employer needs for specific skills sets. 

This textbook is available as an e-book only, and students can purchase their individual licenses of the textbook from two major online textbook stores: VitalSource and Kortext. 

Find out more about purchase options


Submitting your APMR

All centres delivering BTEC Higher Nationals are required to submit an Annual Programme Monitoring Review (APMR). The deadline for submitting your APMR for 2020-21 academic year is 28 January 2022.

Find out more and submit

This year, each centre is issued a unique link to complete their report. If you have not received yours, or you’d like to find out the status of your submission, please contact us at hnqa@pearson.com.


Updates you may have missed

  • The Digital Marketing Institute are currently offering HN in Business (Marketing pathway) students certification and membership at discounted rates. Please note that offer ends on 31 December 2021. 

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  • We have recently launched a support pack for Level 5 HNs in Cloud Computing. You can access this, and other the resources for this qualification, via HN Global.

Explore the resources

  • Do you have students joining HNs in the new year? We created a welcome video to introduce them to this qualification and Pearson support materials available to them.

Watch the video

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Share the degree finder with your students

If your students are looking to continue their education beyond a Higher National Certificate or Diploma, the degree finder is a great place to search for progression into a degree qualification.

We recently produced flyers and posters which you can use at your centre to help your students find their next step in education.

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Webinar progression options from Higher Nationals

Explore the opportunities open to your HN Graduates in our free hour-long online training session. We’ll be providing information that you can communicate to your students about routes into further undergraduate study, employment, and benefits from professional bodies. 

During the session, you’ll have the chance to hear from Coventry University, the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and one of our HN Ambassadors about the different progression opportunities.

Register now for 25th Janaury 9:00-10:00AM


Ambassador spotlight: Abygail Dent

Aby went from BTEC Level 3, to HND in Aeronautical Engineering, to a degree qualification, gaining various work experience throughout her studies. She shares her experience of being a woman in the engineering sector, and how she became the first female maintenance technician in the team at Caterpillar.

Learn more about Aby


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