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An Introduction to HTQs

Written on 23rd February 2022

Launched in 2022, the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing supports students to train for skilled, practical employment in the digital industry through stimulating workshops and a diverse curriculum. 

The innovative new course ensures all students receive the skills, training and qualifications to progress into a digital role of their choice including, Artificial Intelligence Architects, Web Developers, Growth Hackers and Cloud Specialists.

Students who are already embarking on a digital career can use the course to upskill or retrain,   acquiring valuable digital experience and gaining vital new skills to support career progression.

Once the course is complete, students can undertake further higher-level study including a full degree programme or degree apprenticeship. 

Who is an HTQ for?

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) provide an exciting new opportunity for students aged 18 and over. Aimed at adults, the new route offers a high quality technical pathway to rewarding careers. 

Those students already engaged in employment and looking to upskill or retrain will also benefit from the diverse course on offer.

Which employers are involved?

Designed to plug the digital skills gap across the region, HTQs have been developed in collaboration with industry leading employers to produce business-ready graduates prepared for the ever evolving digital sector.

The course is also backed by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. 

Our Greater Manchester colleges have well-established links with an extensive range of employers across the region including:

  • NCA
  • First Choice Homes
  • Qatari Bank
  • RBH
  • Wigan Council
  • Wrightington
  • Leigh Works
  • Agilysis

How Greater Manchester colleges are getting involved

From September 2022, eight of our nine Greater Manchester Further Education colleges will be offering students HTQs in Computing, with new courses to follow in 2023.