Higher Nationals newsletter June 2021

10 June 2021

Latest updates about BTEC Higher National qualifications

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Student survey closes soon!

Our survey closes on 18 June and we'd appreciate if you could encourage your students to complete it. Please don't forget to copy and paste the link from the web page rather than the survey browser as it may not work otherwise.

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Delivery and assessment this summer

We recently updated our guidance with the following information:

  • Retention of records: Student work is retained for 12 weeks following certification as per the standard requirements, however, any student work for Unit Level TAGs will need to be retained for 6 months after certification has taken place. 
  • Recording Unit Level TAGs in EOL: We added a new ‘Z’ column in Edexcel Online which should be used to indicate a Unit Level TAG. 

Download the guidance for full details

Deadline reminder!

Please note that Assessment Board Minutes, Grade Tracker(s) with Grade Declaration(s) should be submitted by 9 July 2021 to ensure results by August 2021 results day.

DMI membership trial

Students on the HN in Business (Marketing pathway) can sign up for a free trial DMI membership account before they take advantage of a discounted membership with the Institute

Membership with the DMI offers opportunities for continuing professional development which will benefit anyone working in the rapidly changing area of digital marketing.

Register for the free trial

Animal Management Pearson-set Release 2021-2022

It has come to our attention that we uploaded an incorrect file as the Pearson-set release document for our Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Animal Management. 

The file has now been replaced and should be accessed again via HN Global.

Download the documents on HN Global

How employers can engage with education to develop qualifications

Research shows that there are skills gaps across numerous sectors; according to Deloitte, only 20% of companies are confident in their workforce skills for the future.

We recently hosted a webinar with the Department for Education and Siemens to talk about how we, as educators and employers, can address these challenges and ensure that there is a strong talent pipeline.

Watch the webinar recording

Blended learning for HNs in Engineering

Our webinar series about delivering our Engineering qualifications using blended learning continues! We still have spaces remaining for our upcoming sessions:

Progression for learners from Level 3 to Level 4 and beyond with HN Online for Engineering
23 June 2021, 9:30AM-10.30AM


HN Online: Supporting student wellbeing within online delivery
7 July 2021, 9:30AM-10.30AM


Exploring CMI membership benefits

We are delighted to be working with The Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is offering a fantastic opportunity for Higher National graduates in Hospitality, Business and Travel & Tourism subjects to gain Foundation Chartered Manager status, as well as access to CMI membership.

You can find out more about the benefits for students at our webinar on 29 June at 10am (BST). 

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HN Online keeps getting better

We have recently made improvements to HN Online so that both students and tutors get even more value from their blended learning experience. 

What's changed?

  • Learners can now download a PDF report of their progress across each of their units on HN Online, using the 'Download Report' button on their Progress page.
  • Tutors can view each learner's progress for each unit and see which discussion activities have been answered or attempted.
  • HN Online has been updated to work with the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Explorer.

Book a demo to see the platform in action

CABE Built Environment Awards

The Chartered Association of Building Engineers runs an annual awards programme, which is currently open for submissions. Submitting is free and open to any project with at least one CABE member playing an active role. 

CABE offers free membership to students on Higher National qualifications so it’s a great opportunity to gain exposure and recognition in the sector. Submission deadline is 30 June.

Find out more about the CABE Awards

New self-paced training

We created a number of Getting Ready to Teach training modules that will help you gain confidence in planning, implementation, delivery and assessment for BTEC Higher Nationals. 

The modules are currently available for Art and Design, Computing, Construction and Engineering, with more to come soon. 

Access the training on HN Global

Pearson HE Innovate Awards 2021

The inaugural Pearson HE Innovate Awards Programme has been launched to recognise and reward higher education professionals who have developed innovative ways to teach and support their students.

We invite colleagues from across the UK and Irish HE sector to submit a short summary of their project or initiative for one or more of the five categories. Closing date is 4 July 2021. 

Find out more about the Awards

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