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Higher Technical Qualifications

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are level 4 and level 5 qualifications that sit between A levels, T levels and degrees. We currently offer HTQs in Construction Management, Healthcare Professions' Support, General Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Computing all starting in September 2024.

Read on to find out more about these new technical qualifications and the opportunities available at Warrington & Vale Royal College.

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What are HTQs?

HTQs are new Higher National Certificate (HNC) level 4 and Higher National Diploma level 5 technical qualifications that sit between A Levels, T Levels and degrees. These high-quality, career-focused courses are ideal for those looking to gain the qualifications and experience needed to enter a specific sector, those looking to retrain and upskill to progress in their current role, or those looking to progress on to further study or training such as completing an undergraduate degree. If you're looking for a hands-on approach to studying at a higher level, a HTQ course could be perfect for you.

Why study a HTQ?

HTQs have been approved by employers and businesses to ensure that students get the specific training, knowledge and skills required for their chosen career. These courses will prepare you to work effectively and safely in your defined area of practice, within legal and ethical frameworks, whilst promoting critical, analytical and reflective thinking skills. HTQs could lead into an accelerated apprenticeship, full degree or employment. You can be confident that you are learning the most up-to-date sector knowledge and in-demand skills that employers are looking for.

To study a HTQ, you must be aged 18 or over and live in England.

What HTQs can I study?

From September, we will be offering the following HTQs:

Applications for September entry are open now! Scroll down the page for more information about these courses.

What are the funding options?

Students can apply for student finance for HTQ courses, as they would a degree.


We have the following HTQ courses available:

Learn more about a HTQ in Construction Management

The HNC Construction Management (HTQ) course is ideal for those seeking a career in the construction industry, those already in employment who are looking to retrain, upskill and boost their career or those wanting to complete the final year of a related degree or degree apprenticeship, such as a construction management degree. Developed in close collaboration with employers and professional bodies and taught in our Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Training (AMET) Centre, this course will equip you with the key skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this thriving sector such as problem solving, design, planning and building.

Learn more about a HTQ in Healthcare

The HND Healthcare Professions’ Support (HTQ) course is ideal for those seeking a career in the healthcare sector, or those already in employment looking to retrain, upskill and boost their career. Created in collaboration with employers and professional bodies and taught in our Health & Social Care Academy (HSCA), this course will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the healthcare sector, leaving you career-ready with the professional skills and behaviours employers look for.

Learn more about a HTQ in Computing

The Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ): HND Computing for England opens up an exciting world of opportunity, empowering you for the future. It’s ideal if you’re seeking a career in the digital sector or wish to progress to the final year of a computing-related honours degree or degree apprenticeship. If you’re already working in the digital sector, you can use this HND to upskill or retrain, acquiring valuable digital experience and gaining vital new skills to support your career progression.

Learn more about a HTQ in Engineering

The Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ): HNC Engineering prepares students for employment in the engineering sector or further study at university. The programme works closely with employers to deliver a current and industry relevant curriculum offering a very high-quality education for higher education students. The course combines theoretical and practical elements which are delivered using a range of assessment methods, including reports, presentations, academic essays and work-related projects.

Learn more about a HTQ in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

The Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ): HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering course works closely with employers to deliver a current and industry relevant curriculum, offering a very high-quality education for higher education students. Various industry-based software packages and test equipment are used to enhance practical and employability skills.


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