What are Higher Technical Qualifications?
Higher Technical Qualifications are either new or existing Level 4 and 5 qualifications (such as HNDs/foundation degrees/Diploma HE).
They’ve been developed by awarding bodies in collaboration with employers, so you’ll get the right training, knowledge, and skills to succeed in the workplace.
They are based on a common set of standards with apprenticeships/T Levels and have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education as meeting occupational standards for the relevant sector.
Who are Higher Technical Qualifications for?
- They're for students over 18 who want to study a subject to prepare them for skilled jobs, and also for adults looking to retrain or upskill.
- They would suit you if you want a more practical, employer-led programme.
- Although Higher Technical Qualifications are primarily designed for entry into skilled employment or those looking to retrain or upskill, you could also progress to further study and/or training.
Where can I study a Higher Technical Qualification?
Higher Technical Qualifications are mostly taught in the classroom, in further education colleges, universities, Institutes of Technology or independent training providers.
- They don't usually involve industry placements, but you could learn practical skills in workshops or simulated work places.
Why take a Higher Technical Qualification?
- They’re a high-quality alternative to other popular routes, such as apprenticeships, traineeships or degrees.
- They can lead to high-skilled, well paid jobs in a range of sectors, giving you a head start in your chosen career.
What subjects are available?
From 2022: The first Digital Higher Technical Qualifications will be taught, leading to occupations such as:
- network engineer
- software developer
- data analyst
From 2023: Higher Technical Qualifications in Health and Science and Construction will be taught.
Further occupations will be rolled-out over four years.
Find out more about Higher Technical Qualifications on the GOV.UK website.