Higher Nationals Newsletter March 2022

Tue Mar 15 09:00:00 UTC 2022

New HTQ approvals and other updates about BTEC Higher Nationals.

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BTEC Awards: Deadline approaching!

The BTEC Awards 2022 nominations need to be submitted by 25 March. If you know an exceptional BTEC learner, educator or centre, then nominate them for a BTEC Award.  The awards are all about recognising and celebrating the hard work and dedication of BTEC learners, educators, schools and colleges from around the world. 

Nominating is easy; go to our website to find our nomination form, your guide to nominating and entry terms and conditions. 

Nominate today


Construction HNs awarded HTQ status

We’re excited to announce that four of our BTEC Higher National qualifications in Construction have been awarded Higher Technical Qualification status.  

These qualifications are available for first teach in September 2023 and will help develop students into skilled professionals, equipped to meet the evolving needs of the construction sector. 

Find out more about our new qualifications


Our actions related to the situation in Ukraine

Pearson shared an update on LinkedIn about our actions related to the situation in Ukraine, which include suspending the sales of our products and services in Russia and Belarus.

Read the update


Updates you may have missed


Exciting news in Sri Lanka

Earlier this year, it was announced that SLT-MOBITEL'S Training Centre (SLTTC) received NVQ Level 6 status in Sri Lanka for the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma.

This status is granted by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and provides fantastic opportunity for our Higher National students and graduates to progress in their careers.

Find out more


Have you checked out the Degree Finder recently?

The latest institutions to join the Degree Finder are based in Switzerland: Hotel Institute Montreux and Swiss Hotel Management School. We’ve also been busy working on adding articulations for the latest Business and Computing Higher National specifications, and there are now over 3,000 pathways on the tool in total. 

What’s more, we’ve recently updated the assets that you can use to promote the Degree Finder to your students, please do download and use them across your campus.


Practice/workplace learning hours for Healthcare HNs

Health, social care and early education qualifications all have a mandatory placement requirements. A qualification cannot be claimed by a centre, and hence learner, until the practice/workplace learning hours and mandatory elements of the portfolio have been completed.  

We’ve added a document to HN Global that sets out a requirement for assessment boards to check that placement and portfolio requirements have been met for all learners.

You can download the relevant documents from HN Global:


Worldskills launches competitions in the UK

Designed by industry, Worldskills competitions can support a student's professional and personal growth, offering a chance to showcase their skills. 

Competition registration is now open until 1 April 2022 across a wide range of sectors. Not all competitions are open to Higher National students, so we recommend that students check the eligibility criteria carefully before applying.

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Ambassador spotlight: Daniel Thompsett

Daniel completed his Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Electrical Engineering at Bridgend College in South Wales. He has worked at Sony UK Technology Centre for five years and is currently an engineer. 

Read Daniel's story


Speak to our Ambassadors

Did you know that your students have the opportunity to chat with our Ambassadors through the HN Global Forum? Our Ambassadors are available to provide support and answer questions about degree study, employment, or advice about studying. 

Get to know our Ambassadors


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