Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)

What is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ)?

We are incredibly proud that our courses have been awarded Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) status by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. 

What is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ)?

Higher Technical Qualifications have been developed by awarding bodies in collaboration with employers and businesses to ensure students receive specific high-quality training to gain the knowledge and skills needed to progress in their chosen sector. 

As new or existing Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications (such as Foundation Degrees and HNDs), HTQs meet occupational standards for the relevant sector and therefore have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to have HTQ status. 

Who are HTQs for?

Higher Technical Qualifications are for you if you are:

  • Aged 18 and over

  • Looking to retrain or upskill

  • Focused on gaining the knowledge and practical experience needed for a skilled job

  • A more practical learner 

  • Excited about studying an employer-led course

  • Interested in progressing to further study or training

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What can I study?

From September 2022, the first approved HTQs courses below will be delivered by NEIoT:

FdSc Business Computing

FdSc Computing with Networking

FdSc Software Development

HNC Computing (Software Developer)

HND Computing (Software Developer)

HNC Computing (Network Engineering)

HND Computing (Network Engineering)

Construction and Health & Science will follow in 2023 and then a full roll-out will commence over a four-year period.

The following areas are open for approval in cycle two and cycle three of submissions and may be delivered by NEIoT:

  • Business and Administration

  • Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Legal, Finance and Accounting.

  • Creative and Design

Benefits of employer engagement

We have developed strong links with employers to offer high quality technical courses that are designed to provide training that reflects the local needs of businesses, supporting them to build a qualified workforce.

HTQs are a high-quality alternative to other popular experience-focused routes, such as apprenticeships, traineeships or degrees. 

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Delivered in partnership

We are proud to be working in collaboration with the following partners: