BTEC Higher Nationals About your new BTEC Higher Nationals
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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)