Here you can find out more about quality assurance for Higher National qualifications, including bite-sized videos, free online events, useful documents and additional support.

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Video guides for Higher Nationals

Training video for the RQF BTEC Higher Nationals Pearson-set assignments


The five steps to successful assignment writing

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals assessment

Free online support events

For UK Centres only.

Aimed at: all Lead Internal Verifiers, Assessors and Internal Verifiers

The session will: provide practical support and advice on how to construct your assessment plan to ensure it is clear and accurately demonstrates the planned assessments to be carried out in the current academic year. We will also then explore how to create an effective internal verification plan. 

Date Time
24 August 3.00-4.00 p.m.
24 September 3.00-4.00 p.m.
20 October 12.30-1.30 p.m.
23 November 3.00-4.00 p.m.
15 December 12.30-1.30 p.m.
12.30-1.30 p.m.

For UK Centres only.

Aimed at: all Lead Internal Verifiers, Assessors and Internal Verifiers

The session will: provide practical support and advice on how to carry our internal verification of the assignment brief and effective internal verification of assessment decisions. 

Date Time
4 September 12.30-1.30 p.m.
21 October 3.30-4.30 p.m.
24 November 3.30-4.30 p.m.
10 December 3.30-4.30 p.m.

For UK Centres only.

Aimed at: new Quality Nominees, those who may not have overseen BTEC qualifications before or those returning to the role who would like a refresher of the responsibilities involved

This session will: introduce you to the key responsibilities of the role of Quality Nominee and take you through the support available to you to make a success of the role. This is recommended as the first session that you access, so that you can have an overview of what is involved and will provide a clearer understanding of the other sessions available. 

Date Time
25 August 3.00-4.00 p.m.
16 September 3.00-4.00 p.m.
5 October 12.00-1.00 p.m.
5 November 12.00-1.00 p.m.
9 December 3.00-4.00 p.m.
3.00-4.00 p.m.
3.00-4.00 p.m.

Useful documents

Quality Assurance and Assessment

BTEC Higher Nationals Centre Guide

PDF | 883.8 KB


External Examination (UK)

BTEC Higher Nationals Centre Guide

PDF | 430.3 KB