Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ)

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The University of Roehampton, London Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are qualifications that give students the knowledge, skills and support needed to gain employment across multiple industries in the UK and internationally.

These qualifications have been developed with the help of employers and internationally-recognised awarding bodies to ensure they provide the best education and training pathway for students looking to accelerate their pathway to future employment.

Recent analysis from the Department for Education shows that technical courses can lead to better career outcomes; students with a HTQ earn between £2,700 - £5,100 a year more at age 30 than those with a degree.

Approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, these qualifications provide an alternative route into Higher Education for students looking to upskill, retrain or gain a recognised Level 4 and 5 qualification, while still maintaining the high-quality teaching and learning environments of degrees and apprenticeships at the University of Roehampton.

The courses have been specifically chosen and designed as part of our commitment to make education more accessible, and provide employability-led programmes for industries that require highly-skilled workers for the future.

If you are interested in studying within Higher Education, recognise the importance of developing academic and vocational skills, but do not wish to commit to a full, three-year undergraduate degree, a HTQ at Roehampton may be the perfect opportunity for you to gain a high-level qualification.

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We offer two types of HTQs:

Higher National Certificates (HNC)

An HNC is a Level 4 vocational qualification, which takes one year to complete (full-time). It is the equivalent to a first year of an Undergraduate degree.

Higher National Diplomas (HND)

An HND is a Level 5 vocational qualification which takes two years to complete (full-time). It is the equivalent to two years of study on an Undergraduate degree.

If you complete an HND, you will be eligible to enter a Level 6 Top-Up programme within the University of Roehampton (equivalent of a final year Undergraduate degree).



How you'll learn

The full-time courses include four modules (15 credits x 4) each semester, totalling eight modules (15 credits x 8) a year.

Lessons will be taught across two days per week (full-time).

You will be taught using a range of methods, including lectures, practical sessions, seminars, workshops and work-based learning (placements).

Industry-expert tutors will provide you with employer-led teaching materials that enable you to learn what it is like to work within relevant industries.

Programme leaders will also provide engagement and networking opportunities with local employers so you can develop relationships with potential future employers.

You will also be provided with additional academic support through an academic guidance tutor.

Placements - throughout the course, you will be supported to undertake relevant paid or voluntary work in order to build your skills and experience.

How you'll be assessed

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You'll be assessed using a variety of methods, tailored to both meet the needs of specific industries, and that best prepare you for the requirements of employment within their specialist areas.

Assessment methods will include: written coursework, potfolios, presentations, academic posters, interviews, professional discussions, pracitcal assessments and exams. (Other assessment methods may be used depending on subject specialism).

Assessments will be scheduled appropriately throughout semester 1 and 2 to provide you with the opportunity to utilise regular feedback opportunities with tutors.

You will be provided individual tutorial support prior to all assessment submissions.

What happens after you've completed your HND?

The courses are designed for entering industry and employment after course completion.

You will receive individual careers support during your final semester to ensure you are able to successfully enter the industry, employment or further study.

If you wish to enter the top-up (Year 3) of the relevant Roehampton undergraduate course, you will be given additional tutorial support during your final semester, meet the relevant undergraduate programme convenor and prepare for advanced entry onto the course.

HTQ Scholarship

We offer a scholarship for home and overseas students enrolling on Roehampton HTQs.

The scholarships are worth £2000, paid for the length of your course. The scholarship is subject to your progression to the next academic year of study (or course completion) and your ongoing attendance.

It is available to all students with home or overseas fee status, enrolling from September 2023.

This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships and bursaries.

Contact us

To enquire about any of these courses, contact our Enquiries Office.

For any informal enquiries, email scott.carter@roehampton.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 3232