Higher Nationals Newsletter May 2023

Thu May 11 08:00:00 UTC 2023

Student Survey reminder, success stories, and more.

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Student Survey: 1 day reminder!

The 2023 Student Survey closes at midnight (GMT) tomorrow! Please encourage your students to complete the survey for their chance to win one of three £50 Amazon vouchers. We have seen lots of students who have started the survey, but not yet completed the questions; please remind any learners who have started the survey to click on the link and resume from where they left off.

Join the HN Global community

Alongside a wide range of teaching resources, professional development courses and quality assurance guidance, tutors also have access to the HN Global forum providing an opportunity to seek advice from others in the community. We have a range of different forums to join, including the staff room forum.

Log in or create an account on HN Global for free to join the community of BTEC Higher National tutors and learners.

Qualification spotlight: Construction

The Construction Sector is one of the highest emitters of CO2 globally, therefore a key sector for making a big difference in reducing our energy consumption. Around the world, the Construction industry needs highly skilled and professionally aware individuals to help drive the industry forward and help to overcome and mitigate against the challenges of global warming. The new suite of Higher National Construction qualifications for September 2023 has been re-designed to reflect the more specialized demands of the industry, including a completely new qualification title focused on 'Modern Methods of Construction'.

Created in collaboration with MOBIE and other leading Construction companies, there has never been a better time to add Construction to your portfolio of subjects to help provide new generations with the technical skills to build a greener world. 

Subject updates

Art, Design, and Media
The new Assessment and Assignment Guidance Booklet for Higher Nationals in Art, Design and Media, is now available. This document contains lots of useful assessment information as well as some example assignment briefs. You can find the document on HN Global.

International Travel and Tourism Management
Version 4 of the programme specification has now been published on our website, and includes a new Business Enterprise Unit at Level 5.

The Pearson-set Themes documents have now been released for our Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport, Sport and Exercise Science, and Community Coaching for England. You can download these from their respective subject pages on HN Global

Qualification extensions
We would like to remind you that the following qualifications have been extended to last registration date of 31 August 2024: 

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Management
  • Creative Media Production
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Science

We are still seeking letters of support from centres to extend our Higher Nationals in Horticulture. Please also note that the Higher Nationals in Art and Design are extended to last registration date of 31 August 2025. If you are a centre delivering this qualification or seeking to delivery soon, please get in touch us via email (as below) or contact your CDM.

Featured training sessions this month

Cloud Computing: Accelerating Delivery
Register for our event ‘ HN Cloud Computing: Essential Steps to Accelerate Delivery’ on 27 June, 9am-10:30pm (GMT). Led by a subject expert and an AWS expert, get an overview of the qualification and available support. 

What's New: Creative Media & Art and Design
Register for our event for new and existing subject practitioners who will be teaching the NEW BTEC HNs across the Creative Media and Art & Design qualification suites. In the session, we will explore new content, structures and rules of combination and highlight the key changes from the current qualifications. 


Student spotlight: Matt Chilvers

As a student with Autism, read about Matt’s successes in studying an HND in Sport and Leisure Management, topping up to gain a degree, his work at Special Olympics Great Britian, and his long list of awards for helping to change the perception of disability in sport. Read Matt's Story.

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