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Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)

What are Higher Technical Qualifications?

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are new Level 4 and 5 qualifications (such as HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees and Diplomas). 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.

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 to study 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.

What courses are available?

From September 2023, HTQs will be available in the following subjects:



Further occupations will be rolled-out over four years, with Engineering and Health HTQs being available to study in September 2024.

In the meantime, we offer:

Need more information?

Visit our Higher Education page to find out about the range of undergraduate courses we offer and to apply.

You can also speak to our Information Team by emailing info@barnsley.ac.uk or calling 01226 216 123. Alternatively, visit the .Gov website.

Last updated: 7th February 2024

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