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Higher Technical Qualifications: Become Industry-Ready

HTQs are new and existing level 4 and 5 qualifications that have gained approval by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) to be accredited as HTQs. This means they’ve been quality marked by IfATE as meeting employer-led occupational standards.

What is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ)?

In a nutshell, HTQs have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so that students get the specific training, knowledge and skills required for their chosen career.

The curriculum for each HTQ has been created to reflect what employers have said they need from their future employees. This makes them a high-quality alternative to other routes, such as apprenticeships, traineeships or standard Bachelor Degrees.

What type of qualifications are HTQs?

A HTQ in itself is not a qualification, it’s an accreditation or quality mark. There are different types of qualifications that can be accredited as a HTQ, such as:

  • Higher National Diplomas (HND)
  • Higher National Certificates (HNC)
  • Foundation Degrees
  • Higher Education Certificates
  • Higher Education Diplomas

Not all diplomas, certificates and foundation degrees are approved HTQs, so make sure you look out for the HTQ logo.

Why study a HTQ at UCO?

A HTQ is a nationally-recognised and high-quality route for those looking for in-demand job roles. IfATE describes them as ‘prestigious’ qualifications that ‘meet employer needs’.

  • Courses are created partnership with industry, so you know you’re developing the knowledge and skills employers are looking for.
  • HTQs are classroom-based, but aim to be more practical, with skills developed through workshops, industry equipment or work experience.
  • HTQs are suitable whether you’re just starting out or looking to upskill and retrain.
  • Most courses take 1-2 years to complete, and are often delivered on a full or part-time basis.
  • HTQs are based on the same occupational standards as higher-level apprenticeships but don’t require employment as an apprentice.
  • University Campus Oldham is among the first providers to offer HTQs and our HTQs are delivered by industry experts.

UCO excel in giving students a close-knit and supportive learning environment, centred around one-to-one and personalised support.

We have a great track record of high-achieving students, and studying at a higher level locally provides significant savings on costs like accommodation and travel. UCO received an Overall Satisfaction Score of 89 per cent for 2022, which is 12.5 per cent above average.

“HTQs have been developed with employers to ensure maximum employability, helping you secure your dream career”

What can I do after I’ve completed my HTQ?

A HTQ can be a stepping-stone to a number of different options. You can:

  • Look for a job in your chosen career
  • Apply for a promotion or new role in your current industry
  • Go on to further study
  • Volunteer to help build up your skills and experience.
What are the entry requirements for a HTQ?

All of the HTQ courses we currently offer here at UCO are listed below. Once you’ve found your ideal course, you will be able to see the entry requirements on the course page. If you can’t see a HTQ course that’s right for you don’t worry, we offer a wide-range of courses here at UCO.

Take a look at all of our courses here>

What Higher Technical Qualifications can I do at UCO?

You can see all of our courses which have been accredited as a Higher Technical Qualification below.