Construction - Higher Nationals and Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) from September 2023  | Pearson qualifications

Construction - Higher Nationals and Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) from September 2023

13 June 2024

This page is to help UK and International centres understand what options and support they have available in delivering the new HN Construction Suite - from 2023 onwards.

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Revisions to this page:

Date Revision
06.09.23 FAQ added:
Which qualifications can be delivered as part of the Wales Higher Apprentice frameworks?

Page updated with most recent information and to include links to the  Civil Engineering and Building Services Engineering HTQ specifications which are due for first teaching in September 2025.


27.06.2024 FAQ added: Where can I find up-to-date templates for assignment briefs, Internal verification and more?

Higher Nationals and HTQs in Construction (2023)

Higher Technical Qualifications, or HTQs , which are technical qualifications in England at higher education level were launched for Constructions first delivery in September 2023, replacing the previous HN Construction qualifications. 

In addition to this, the HN suite of Construction qualifications have been aligned with the IfATE requirements for Higher Technical Qualifications in England, specifically ensuring appropriate co

Find out more about IfATE approved HTQs

It is important to note that the HTQs offered by Pearson are no different to the BTEC Higher Nationals you know and love.

Below, you can access each title within the HTQs and HNs in Construction, available from September 2023. 

Please note that Civil Engineering for England and Building Services Engineering for England first teach is 1 September 2025. 

Higher Nationals (2023)


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HTQs for England only (2023)


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All 'Unit descriptors' in one document

The new HN Construction suite of qualifications, including the HTQs, use the same bank of units across both models. You can access the unit specification from the link below, which would cover all units in these qualifications. 

Unit descriptors for HTQs and HNs from September 2023

Authorised Assignment Briefs (AABs)

The 2023 HN qualifications, including the HTQs are accompanied by Authorised Assignment Briefs (AABs) rather than Example Assignment Briefs (EABs)

Pearson Authorised Assignment Briefs (AABs):

  • give tutors a diverse range of engaging assessment methods to use for the assessment of particular units.  
  • are intended to provide a model of an assessment that is valid, sufficient, authentic, appropriate and relevant. 
  • cover 9 units in total. Core units and three additional units

AABs should still be adapted and customised to meet localisation.These AABs are not developed with a context specific to a set of students or a location; both of which are critical to the development of good assessments, and therefore need to be adapted and customised as appropriate.AABs can also be used by centres if they meet centre-specific requirements following internal verification.

AABs have been written to assess knowledge, understanding and skills that are specifically relevant to the unit Learning Outcomes, but they have not been contextualised to meet local need and international diversity.

For example, centres will need to select an organisation to focus on in the AAB that is relevant to their local area.

All assignments must be verified in line with Pearson’s requirements for internal verification of assignments and assessment results.

AABs - 2023 specifications – not mandatory AABs - 2023 specifications – not mandatory
Cover a range of different assessment approaches. Provide exemplars that are Pearson authorised. Written as suggested approaches to assessment and recommended assessment methods.
Provide a variety of different types of assessment methods that are appropriate for the delivery of a specific assessment approach. Not authorised exemplars and often written only to support pass criteria
‘real-life’ job roles, responsibilities, and organisations. Providing clear employability links to skills and responsibilities of specific roles A general vocational context and scenario is provided
Mapped to developing QAA Subject Sector Benchmark skills and Occupational Standard competencies. 

No visible mapping of skills and competencies

Only designed for the 2017/8 unit descriptors 

Frequently Asked Questions

‘Building Service Engineering for England’ and ‘Civil Engineering for England’ are part of IfATE's approval cycle 4 - which are for first teach September 2025! You can access these specifications from the qualification page. Links below:

Presently, centres in England can register learners on the current HN 2023 programmes for these titles. From 1 September 2025, centres in England would be able to register for the HTQ versions. 

Although there are 2023 versions of the Quantity surveying qualification (both as HN and HTQ), the 2020 Quantity Surveying specification is still open for registrations. The current review/retirement date for this qualification is 31 Augst 2025. 

Centres need to be careful if running this qualification alongside the new 2023 qualifications, because of similar unit titles/numbers, but different outcomes/content!

We recommend centres to adopt the new Quantity Surveying 2023, unless they run this qualification as a standalone.

Yes, the new HTQs and HNs link to the apprenticeship standards and therefore can be used in the related apprenticeship programmes. 

Yes, HTQs and the new HNs can be delivered as standalone qualifications. 

Only the qualifications titled 'for England' - (HTQs) should be delivered in England, with the exception of Building Services Engineering and Civil Engineering. The HTQ versions of these 2 qualifications will be for first teaching September 2025. Specifications for these are on our website. 

All HN suite of qualifications, except the HNs titled as 'for England'(HTQs) can be delivered in rest of the UK  and at international centres. 

Currently in Wales the only Apprenticeship linked to Pearson Higher Nationals in Construction is the "Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Management"

Existing (prior to 31st August 2023) registered students can continue to complete their Apprenticeship without any changes.

For new Apprentices (1st September 2023 onwards) the following 2023 HN qualifications can be used as part of this framework.

In addition! The revised framework specifically mandates successful completion of 'Unit 20: Site Supervision & Operations' which you will need to include as an optional unit for the chosen HN qualification.

All btec forms and guides can be accessed from the below link, from the qualification website.

>> BTEC forms and guides

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