Industry engagement

Industry is placed at the heart of Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications. Throughout qualification development and validation, we work with industry experts to structure our qualifications to meet industry standards. 

Co-designed with industry, higher and further education experts, and students, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals provide real-world experience as well as academic knowledge. This ensures students will leave with the required expertise as identified by business and industry, and with the flexibility to go straight into employment or continue to a degree.

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Our work with industry

We work with industry post-validation to further recognise our qualifications as high quality and career-focused; whether that be in the form of upskilling their own workforce with our qualifications or simply formally accepting the qualification as a part of the application process.

We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher National in Aeronautical Engineering with experts from large, global organisations, including:

  • Alstom
  • BMW
  • Eaton
  • Gen2
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Railtrack
  • Siemens
  • UAE Military Logistics Support
  • Engineering Council
  • the Royal Aeronautical Society
  • the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • the Sector Skills Council for Science
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Society of Operations Engineers
  • the Institute of Engineering Technology
  • the Institute of the Motor Industry
  • the National Forum of Engineering Centres

The representatives are able to help design our qualifications to equip learners with skills required by industry across the world.

The Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA) supported the qualification’s registration to Ofqual.

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes.

Specific companies and industry bodies that have made formal statements of support and/or actively hire BTEC Higher National students include Leonardo Helicopters.

You can find their statement below.

Leonardo (Helicopter division)

The company actively recognises the qualification as fit for purpose in preparing learners for a role in the engineering sector.

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Royal Aeronautical Society

The Royal Aeronautical Society recognises that the HNs in Aeronautical Engineering meet the academic requirements for EngTech and support students in progressing in their careers.

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