Your Questions Answered – What are HTQs?
Earlier this year, we announced university-level IT and computing learners can now to choose to specialise in cyber security, network engineering or software engineering via a HTQ. But what is an HTQ?
Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are technical qualifications that are approved by employers. There are many different types and are usually taught in the classroom at colleges, universities or independent training providers. HTQs are an alternative to apprenticeships or degrees. They may suit you if you want a more practical, employer-led study programme.
HTQ qualifications have been developed by awarding bodies in collaboration with employers and businesses so that you get the specific training, knowledge and skills required for your chosen career. After completing your HTQ in your chosen field, employers will regard you as highly employable.
What are the types of HTQ?
There are many different types of HTQs, such as:
- higher national diplomas
- higher national certificates
- foundation degrees
- higher education diplomas
Not all higher national diplomas, higher national certificates, foundation degrees and higher education diplomas will be HTQs. Look out for the HTQ quality mark to tell you if a qualification has been approved.
Can I start a HTQ?
To start a HTQ, you’ll need to:
- be aged 18 or over
- live in England
You can apply for a HTQ while you’re still at school.
What are the entry requirements?
Each educational provider sets their own entry requirements for HTQs. The grades or qualifications you’ll need to have will depend on the type of course you’re applying for. You can check out our entry requirements here.
What level is an HTQ?
Our bespoke IT degree programme incorporates a one-year HNC, one-year HND and one-year top-up degree, taught in partnership with UWE Bristol, out of our impressive £3m Advanced Digital Academy at Cheltenham Campus.
The HNC – Higher National Certificate – is equivalent to the first year of university and covers modules such as programming, web design, networking, database design, software development lifecycles, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence.
The HND – Higher National Diploma – is equivalent to the second year of university and is the point at which students can choose to specialise in cyber security, software engineering or network engineering. Modules include network management, network security, forensics, Internet of Things, cloud computing and app development.
What are the fees involved?
Tuition fees vary depending on the course. You may also be eligible for funding from student finance, grant or bursary. This will depend on your circumstances and the type of HTQ you’re studying. Get in touch with our Student Services team to find out more.
Will there be work placements?
Work placements are not usually included on a HTQ.
However, many courses do offer you practical skills and experience through:
- work experience
Studying at GC means you will have access to our unrivalled connections to employers across the county.
What happens after I complete a HTQ?
After completing a HTQ, you can:
- get a job in your chosen career
- go on to further study, such as getting a degree
- volunteer to help build your skills and experience
If you have any unanswered questions, get in touch with our Student Services team. Alternatively, if you are ready to apply, click the button below.