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About BTEC Higher Nationals

BTEC Higher Nationals are professional/technical higher education qualifications, recognised as equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree, which means you can top up to your final year and complete a degree more affordably. They are designed for you if who want to gain both recognition through higher education level study - and want to progress to the final year of an honours degree, AND if you want an industry-recognised qualification providing the skills and experience to support your progression in employment.  

Work-related learning

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BTEC Higher Nationals have been co-designed with industry, employers and professional bodies. They are therefore widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 4 and 5. Every year, over 100,000 students like you, from over 60 countries around the world, are studying a BTEC Higher National and finding success in both university and employment. 

Support while you study

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As a BTEC Higher Nationals student you will have access to a specially designed range of digital resources, to ensure that you’ll have the best possible experience during your course. These are available on our free dedicated platform for Higher National students - HN Global.

You’ll be able to access free online learning to develop your study skills to support your higher education learning, and career development resources to support you with preparing for the real world. With HN Global, you can also participate within a community of other BTEC Higher National students from around the world, via online forums, to discuss anything relevant to your course.

Progression to university

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We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. You can currently top-up your HNs to over 1500 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit Pearson Degree Course Finder to find all the current articulations.

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We have created a handy guide with more information about BTEC Higher National qualifications so you can find the right one for you.


To see a list of available subjects, visit our Subjects page.