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 Computing with experts from large, global organisations, including:

  • CompTia
  • The British Computing Society
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • ISC2
  • The Tech Partnership
  • Imago Solutions

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

The Tech Partnership 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.

We have vendor accreditation with a number of organisations, enabling students to gain certifications from the following organisations:

  • CompTIA
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle

In addition, specific companies and industry bodies that have made formal statements of support and/or actively hire BTEC Higher National students include BT and CompTia.

You can find their statements below.


British Telecommunications plc recognises our BTEC HN qualifications as appropriate in preparing you for work in this industry.

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With BTEC HNs in Computing you can progress onto CompTIA's vendor neutral IT certifications.

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British Computing Society (BCS)

Computing HNC/D students are eligible for access to BCS membership student membership whilst studying, and can also progress towards becoming a professional member with the organisation. 

View the BCS website