BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering (RQF)
The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications also aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.
Pathways within this qualification
This qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of both today’s students and the industry’s future. To help our students develop in their chosen specialism, we developed a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- General Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Operations Engineering
Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.
Support while you study
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.
Or download our brochure for more information about BTEC Higher Nationals, other subjects and pathways available, and where these qualifications can take you.
Industry support and recognition
For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. Specific companies and industry bodies that have made formal statements of support and/or actively hire students who complete BTEC Higher National qualifications.
- GKN Aerospace GKN Aerospace view our qualifications as essential in giving their workforce the opportunity to develop and progress within their organisation. Learn more (PDF, 0.5MB)
- BMW Group BMW Group consider their apprenticeship programme as their largest source of future talent and use BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering in these programmes Learn more (PDF, 0.06MB)
- BAE Systems BAE Systems believe that our qualifications ensure employees are appropriately skilled for the job in the Engineering sector. Learn more (PDF, 0.07MB)
Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Engineering
Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*
Some typical jobs after completing the HND*
|Electrical Engineering Technician; Electronics Engineering Technician; Mechanical Engineering Technician; Manufacturing Systems Technician; Automotive Engineering Technician; Engineering Maintenance Technician.||Electrical Engineer; Electronic Engineer; Mechanical Engineer; Manufacturing Systems Engineer; Automotive Engineer; Maintenance Engineer.|
|*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements.|
Progression to university
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.
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Where to study BTEC HNs in Engineering?
If you'd like more information, or find a college that delivers the BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering, you can search your area on our handy map or visit any the following sites:
We have created a handy guide with more information about BTEC Higher National qualifications so you can find the right one for you.