Higher Technical Qualifications, or HTQs, are technical qualifications in England at higher education level. The approvals process is led by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfATE), with employer review a central feature of this process. 

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At Pearson, we are aligning existing Higher National programmes within particular sectors with the IfATE requirements for Higher Technical Qualifications in England, specifically ensuring appropriate coverage of the Occupational Standard that the pathway or qualification aligns to.

Below is a list of qualifications by sector that have been approved by IfATE as HTQs in England:

Listing HTQs on UCAS or National Career Service websites

For Providers wishing to advertise an approved Higher Technical Qualification on the National Careers Service and UCAS websites, DfE has worked with the institute (IfATE) to introduce a temporary measure to help learners recognise when your qualification has approved HTQ status.

The institute will allow you to include “(HTQ)” at the end of the qualification title when listing your qualification i.e. - LEVEL 5 HND in Computing (general) (HTQ) (FT).

Please note this naming convention is only to be used when listing approved HTQs on the NCS and UCAS websites. Please use this approach for any new listings as well as updating existing listings you already have up.

The UCAS website also has a checkbox you can tick that denotes approved HTQ status that will allow searchers to filter for it and display the HTQ branding on the course page.

We would also encourage you to continue to promote these courses via your own websites and channels as part of your overall offer to students.

Please direct any queries to team.highertechnicaleducation@education.gov.uk

Learn more about Higher Technical Qualifications

Find out more about how Pearson can support you to deliver Higher Technical Qualifications in your centre by visiting our dedicated website, where you can also sign up to receive latest news about HTQs.

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