Higher Technical Qualifications - The new route to rewarding careers

What are Higher Technical Qualifications?

Higher Technical Qualifications (or HTQs) are Level 4 and 5 qualifications (such as HNDs/Foundation Degrees/Diploma HEs) that sit between A and T Levels and Degrees. They’ve been approved against occupational standards in their sector, so that you can get a head start in your career or further study.

What subjects are available?

The first digital HTQs will be available from September 2022, with more courses in Health & Science and Construction coming in 2023.

Who are they suitable for?

  • HTQs are suitable for:
  • School leavers (18+) who are looking for an alternative to Degrees or Apprenticeships.
  • Anyone looking to upskill and gain a qualification, whether you’re already in employment or looking to retrain.

Why should I choose HTQs?

HTQs have been specifically developed with employers and businesses so you will get the skills they are looking for, unlocking high-skilled and highly paid jobs. They are often shorter and cheaper than degrees.

What are my options after studying a HTQ?

HTQs have been designed with employers to get you ready for work, which means once you’ve completed your HTQ, you’ll be ready to jump straight into your chosen career. There are also clear progression pathways to further higher-level study or a degree apprenticeship for those who want to complete a degree.

HND in Computing

Digital HTQs starting in September 2022

This new and exciting programme is designed to allow students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the work place, progress to the BSc (Hons) Computing programme or secure a Degree Apprenticeship. Students will be able to apply their skills and knowledge in a real world setting by undertaking a work-related placement, equipping students with the right skills and competencies for the workplace.

Course Features

  • Study at the brand new Centre for Advanced Technical Studies – our latest Digital Skills Academy opened in September 2021.
  • Work-related industry placements.
  • Highly experienced teaching staff.
  • The very best software and industry standard hardware for robotics and network construction and management.
  • Industry expert speakers from local, national and international companies such as Sony.
  • All students receive a laptop and equipment to allow them to develop their own project.
  • Trips include visits to employers and conferences.

What will I study?This course includes the following units:

Programming, Networking, Professional Practice, Database Design and Development, Security, Managing a Successful Computing Project, Website Design & Development, Maths for Computing.

Additional units include: Computing Research Project; Business Intelligence; Robotics; Internet of Things; Emerging Technologies, Games Design Theory, Games Development.

Course lengthFull time for two academic years. Consolidated timetable meaning you will study 2 full days per week.
How will I be assessed?This programme is assessed via a variety of methods, from written assignments and practical work to course work.
What can I progress to?You may progress directly into employment in software or application development. Many HND students progress to the BSc (Hons) Computing Top-up Degree awarded by UCLan and delivered at the University Centre Wigan & Leigh College or you can seek a Degree Apprenticeship.
What qualifications do I need?You will need 80 UCAS points. Mature students with experience, a portfolio of work and employer references will be considered. Students must also possess a Grade 4 or above in English and maths at GCSE or equivalent.
How much are the course fees?Course fees are £7500 per year and you can apply for funding through Student Finance England. You are also entitled to apply for a Maintenance Loan.
How do I apply?You can apply through UCAS.
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