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Higher National qualifications are equivalent to the first two years of a degree. They are also recognised by industry, so they have been designed to be taken as stand alone qualifications before entering the real world of work, or to give you a practical grounding before completing a degree at university.  

Taught to more than 100,000 students around the world

  • If you’re interested in studying a BTEC Higher National, find out what some of our current students had to say when we asked them why they’re enjoying their course. We have also collected a few case studies from students.

    Find out what they have to say.


  • Christopher Meredith from Leeds College of Building has been awarded BTEC Student of the Year 2019 for his consistent effort to turn his life around. Chris returned to college to re-study, and now communicates with project teams all around the world, and is instrumental in solving complex civil engineering problems for Jacobs Engineering. In March, Chris gained the Institution of Civil Engineer’s Quest Technician Scholarship – awarded to Apprentices of only the highest calibre.

  • Myint Myat Soe, a student at Gusto College, Myanmar, was awarded the BTEC International Student of the Year 2017 award. Watch his video to discover how he feels about winning this award, why the Head of Department, Myatsu Htwe nominated him and what his fellow students have to say about his hard work and achievements.  

    Find out more about Myint.

  • Kelly Higgot is a mature student at Heart of Worcester College, and has just completed a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Advanced Practice Working with Children and Families. Kelly won our BTEC Higher National Student of the Year Award at the 2017 BTEC Awards.

    Find out more about Kelly.

  • Liam is a real BTEC success story, starting on a BTEC First before progressing through BTEC Level 3 and 4, he was set to complete his BTEC HND in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) in 2016. 

    Find out more about Liam

  • Every year, BTEC Higher National students and alumni from all over the world participate in the 'BTEC Higher National Student Video Competition, and discuss how much they enjoyed studying the programme. Get inspired with the 2018 video here.