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 Manufacturing Operations with experts from large, global organisations, including: BMW, Siemens, CocaCola, GlaxoSmithKline and BDCSpacematerials. The representatives are able to help design our qualifications to equip learners with skills required by industry across the world.

BDCSpacematerials 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.


As an indepentent advisor in the aerospace and space, BD Consultancy recognises the qualification as appropriate to educating the workforce in this sector.

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BMW Group

BMW helped designed which will form part of their internal training programme, supporting the development of staff in a variety of manufacturing roles.

Download letter of recognition (PDF, 0.06 MB)

TATA Steel

TATA Steel believe employees who completed this qualification are appropriately skilled for a variety of jobs in the sector.

Download letter of recognition (PDF, 0.13 MB)