Find out more about the new specification and structures, revised programme approval process and the new pricing model for our BTEC Higher Nationals from 2016.

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Meeting the higher level skills agenda

With input from industry, employers, professional bodies, tutors, students, and higher education institutions, your new BTEC Higher Nationals have been designed to better meet the changing needs for skills.

The result is a suite of qualifications designed and developed to meet professional standards and recognised by employers, professional bodies and universities, which develops not only students' academic skills and abilities, but their work-readiness skills too.

The objectives of the redevelopment of the new BTEC Higher Nationals have been to ensure:

  • employer engagement
  • work relatedness
  • opportunities for progression to further higher education
  • alignment with UK higher education expectations
  • qualifications that are up to date with current professional practice and include professional accreditation where possible.
See a list of our new RQF subjects below:
 

A new programme approval process

Providers wishing to deliver the new BTEC Higher National qualifications will be subject to a new qualification approval process, more aligned with that used in UK higher education.

You'll find more information in the approval guidance document below.

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A new pricing model 

Based on the response from a consultation conducted over 2014/15, we've invested in the periodic review of BTEC Higher Nationals to deliver high-quality qualifications that:

  • support students in their progression ambitions - be that to work or university
  • are mapped to professional body recognition (where applicable)
  • have involved industry partners in their design and development to ensure that they are work related
  • have new quality assurance processes and policies to further build the reputation of BTEC Higher Nationals as UK higher education.

With this in mind, we've made a strategic decision to amend the pricing model of the new qualifications to better address the growing need for sustainable and fit-for-purpose qualifications and resources.

For more information about pricing for BTEC Higher National Qualifications, visit our pricing page.

Vocational fees

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English language requirements

If you're delivering the new BTEC Higher National qualifications, you'll need to ensure that all students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English can demonstrate capability in English before being recruited to the programme where the programme is both taught and assessed in English.

You'll find more information about the required standard in this guidance document.

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Advice on consumer law for HE providers 

Your responsibilities with regard to consumer protection law as an HE provider are set out in the following guidance.

Advice on Consumer Protection Law

(references in brackets below) 

You have a responsibility to offer prospective students clear, intelligible, unambiguous and timely material information about the programme of study for which they apply. This would include:

  • core modules for the course and an indication of likely optional modules, including whether there are any optional modules that are generally provided each year (4.10 a iii)

The release of the new Pearson BTEC Higher National programmes, which will replace the current QCF BTEC Higher National programmes, will require you to update your communications with prospective students about the above. In so doing you should highlight the changes from your previous information so that the applicant is fully apprised of all changes. (4.2.1)

Meeting the higher level skills agenda

With input from industry, employers, professional bodies, tutors, students, and higher education institutions, your new Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals have been designed to better meet the changing needs for skills.

The result is a suite of qualifications designed and developed to meet professional standards and recognised by employers, professional bodies and universities, which develops not only students' academic skills and abilities, but their work-readiness skills too.

The objectives of the redevelopment of the new Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals have been to ensure:

  • employer engagement
  • work relatedness
  • opportunities for progression to further higher education
  • alignment with UK higher education expectations
  • qualifications that are up to date with current professional practice and include professional accreditation where possible.

See a list of our new subjects below:

BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Business - (2016)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in General Engineering - (2017)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Aeronautical Engineering - (2017)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Construction and the Built Environment - (2017)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Computing - (2017)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Art and Design - (2017)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Sport (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Sport and Exercise Science (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Hospitality Management (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in International Travel and Tourism Management (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Music (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Performing Arts (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Creative Media Production (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Healthcare Practice (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Healthcare Practice for England (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Social and Community Work (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Public Services (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Animal Management (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Horticulture (2018)
BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Agriculture (2018)

 

What do you need to know about the new BTEC Higher Nationals?

A new programme approval process

Providers wishing to deliver the new BTEC Higher National qualifications will be subject to a new qualification approval process, more aligned with that used in UK higher education.

If you're a centre outside of the UK, you'll find more information in the approval guidance document below.

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English language requirements

If you're delivering the new BTEC Higher National qualifications, you'll need to ensure that all students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English can demonstrate capability in English before being recruited to the programme where the programme is both taught and assessed in English.

You'll find more information about the required standard in this guidance document.

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