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.

The industries involved in developing the BTEC Higher National in Business programmes included a range of employers and professional bodies. At the advisory stage, Pearson worked with representatives from organisations such as:

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Wade Financial
  • The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)
  • North Tech
  • The Chartered Institute of Procurement Services

At the validation stage, a key representative from John Lewis (a large chain of high-end department stores operating in the UK, Ireland and Australia) was on the panel to assist in validating the qualification and its relevance to industry prior to Ofqual registration.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement Services (CIPS) 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: ACCA, DMI, ICAEW, CIMA and CMI. You can find their statements below.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Students who successfully complete BTEC Higher Nationals in Business are eligible for exemptions from some of the ACCA papers. 

You can view all ACCA exemptions on their calculator

NB. the ACCA paper AB has been updated to Business and Technology (BT) and FAB has been updated to Foundations in Business and Technology (FBT).

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Digital Marketing Institute (DMI)

Pearson are proud to be registered as an Authorised Education Partner with the DMI. Students registered on the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business (Marketing) are eligible for discounted DMI Power Membership, and those who successfully complete the qualification can receive the Certified Digital Marketing Associate (CDMA) certification at a discounted rate.

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Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Pearson is recognised as a Partner in Learning with ICAEW. The scheme recognises the shared relationship and mutual interest that we hold as education providers. It helps us to work together to share resources, knowledge and expertise.

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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Students who successfully complete BTEC Higher Nationals may be eligible for exemptions from some of the CIMA modules. 

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Business BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma graduates are eligible for CMI Foundation Chartered Manager status. As well as three months of free membership, students also benefit from a reduced CMI membership fee for the first 12 months. Additionally, Higher National centres can become CMI Recognised Partners, whereby learners will automatically be registered as CMI members.

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