Higher Nationals newsletter May 2021

13 May 2021

Latest news from Higher Education Qualifications

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Student survey is live!

The student survey opened on 19 April and we're still accepting responses. If we receive eight or more responses from your centre, we'll create a report that focuses on your students' perception of your programmes.

Find out how to share the details with your students

Introducing: Higher Nationals in Digital Technologies

We partnered with the South Central Institute of Technology to develop this exciting qualification which aims to give students a strong foundation and prepares them for work in the digital sector. 

Join the webinar on 20 May to learn more

Reminders and upcoming deadlines

Higher Nationals in the era of Higher Technical Education

Higher Nationals sit at the centre of the current review of qualifications at levels 4 and 5. As vocational qualifications, designed with input from employers and professional bodies, HNs are well positioned to be recognised as Higher Technical Qualifications. 

Find out more about the review

WorldSkills UK Competitions

Students and apprentices can register for a wide variety of competitions, offering a chance to showcase what they have learnt. Competition registration is now open until 4 May 2020. However, please note that not all competitions are open to Higher National students – please check the eligibility criteria carefully before applying.

Browse the competitions

Blended learning for Engineering qualifications

Get to know what you can achieve with HN Online for Higher Nationals in Engineering in our upcoming webinars:

Addressing the skills gap in cloud computing

Last month we hosted a discussion with Iram Bashir, our Computing & Technologies Subject Lead, and colleagues from AWS Educate, to talk about how HNs in Cloud Computing address the skills gap within the sector. 

Watch the recording

Keeping up with our graduates

Our graduates go on to achieve fantastic things across a range of industries. Check out our case studies now, to help inspire your students.

HN Success Stories


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Sophie Lydia Perkins

Sophie studied BTEC HNC in Construction and the Built Environment

"I absolutely loved the whole course and made a career change to work as a Building Surveyor"

Read Sophie's story


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Sarah Hoppé

Sarah studied BTEC HND in Fashion and Textiles

"The beauty of the HND programme is that you are exposed to so many elements within the industry."

Read Sarah's story

Pearson-set for HNs in Animal Management

It has come to our attention that we uploaded an incorrect file as the Pearson-set release document for Level 5 Higher Nationals in Animal Management. We have replaced the file, which you can download via HN Global. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. 

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HN Global: We asked...

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