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Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ)

HTQs are a great way to get the skills employers want - a route to well-paid, secure and sustainable jobs.

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What is a Higher Technical Qualification?

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) provide an exciting new opportunity for students aged 18 and over.

Aimed at adults, the new route offers a high quality technical pathway to your career.

If you're already in employment, this qualification will equip you with the skills you need to progress further in your career.

Our facilities have been developed to match our HTQ's offer - where you'll benefit from the latest cutting-edge facilities, equipment and digital technology to ensure you can seamlessly transition your skills into professional practice.

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE)

Visit IfATE's website for a full explanation of Higher Technical Qualifications.

Why choose a HTQ over other qualifications?

Right now, there are huge technical skills gaps, meaning employers need people with technical skills more than ever before.

HTQs have been specifically developed with employers and businesses so that you'll get the skills they're looking for, unlocking high-skilled and highly paid jobs. What's more, they are often shorter and cheaper than degrees.


What are the benefits of HTQs?

HTQs give you confidence that you are gaining the skills that employers want. They offer a great deal of flexibility for a variety of learners, including the possibility to study part-time.

They are a great way to continue your studies and get a good job, or to retrain or progress in your current career.

  • Flexible qualifications with full-time and part-time options

  • Obtain the skills to go straight into industry and employment

  • Suited to over 18s holding a Level 3 qualification

What HTQs we offer...

Business & Enterprise

Course TitleQualificationStart DateDuration
Management and Leadership - Level 5 (CMI)Level 5 Diploma22/09/2024 & 19/11/202420 Months


Children, Young People & Families

Course TitleQualificationStart DateDuration
Early Childhood StudiesFdA09/09/20242 Years


Computing & Digital Technologies

Course TitleQualificationStart DateDuration
Network Engineering (Systems Administration)FdA09/09/20242 Years



Course TitleQualificationStart DateDuration
Aeronautical EngineeringHNC09/09/20242 Years
Electrical & Electronic EngineeringHNC09/09/20242 Years
EngineeringHNC09/09/20242 Years
EngineeringHNC09/09/20241 Year
Manufacturing EngineeringHNC09/09/20242 Years
Mechanical EngineeringHNC09/09/20242 Years
Institute of Technology at B&FC

Some of our approved HTQs are also delivered in partnership with the Institute of Technology (IoT), boosting your career prospects even further!

When can you start an HTQ?

You have to be at least 18 to study for an HTQ and they can be taken after a level 3 qualification, such as A Levels, T Levels, BTECs or some advanced apprenticeships.


Are student finance options available?

HTQs attract the same student finance as degree study. This means eligible students can access tuition fee and maintenance loans on a part-time and full-time basis.


How to apply for an HTQ?

Simply use the list above to navigate to your chosen course page, through which you can submit an application form.

For more information about our application process, visit our How to Apply - Degrees page.

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Contact Us

Don't hesitate to contact our Course Enquiries Team is you have any questions or concerns about studying for a Higher Technical Qualification.
Call: 01253 504343