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Higher Technical Qualifications
Facilitating the journey of lifelong learning
Sitting at Levels 4 and 5, Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are quality marked by IfATE to signify their congruence with occupational standards. They offer clear, direct progression from T Levels, and tangible routes onto Level 6 or into the workforce. Their position in coherent learning pathways is pivotal to addressing the national gap in higher technical skills.
Prestigious qualifications of the highest quality
NCFE is committed to ensuring that our HTQs remain the gold standard in this space. Without exception, our qualifications map to 100% of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the occupational standards with which they are aligned. We have already had six qualifications approved as HTQs and we will be looking to create more over the coming years.
Existing qualifications that have secured approval
- NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner (603/3907/X) – this will gain HTQ status in September 2024
For launch in September 2024
- NCFE Level 4 Diploma: Cyber Security Engineer
- NCFE Level 4 Diploma: Data Analyst
- NCFE Level 4 Diploma: Digital Accessibility Specialist
- NCFE Level 4 Diploma: Network Engineer
- NCFE Level 4 Diploma: Healthcare Science Associate.
For launch in September 2026
- NCFE Level 4 Diploma: Software Developer
- NCFE Level 5 Diploma: Senior Metrology Technician
HTQs will be funded through the Lifelong loan entitlement (LLE), which comes into force in the academic year 2025/26. Until that point there will be a mixture of Higher Education Student Finance (HESF) and Advanced Learner Loans (ALL), depending on whether your centre is registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The current guidelines are:
- ALL and HESF funding may not be mixed for an individual HTQ course within a single provider.
- Providers registered with the OfS and also have a contract with the ESFA to deliver ALLs-funded provision, must determine which funding route will apply to their HTQ course.
- Providers registered with OfS but do not have an ALLs contract, can only offer the HTQ through the HESF funding route.
- Providers not registered with OfS but have an ALL contract, can only offer the HTQ through the ALL route. A provider may subsequently seek OfS registration, which would enable their students to access HESF for certain courses.
This update has cleared up the confusion around funding stream relating solely to length of course. You can read the full guidance here.
Working together to meet local skills needs
We believe in the power of learning to change lives. Your centre sits in a unique local economy, and we want to help you build progression pathways that will address the specific skills needs of your region. Collaborate with us, and together we can comprehensively address the demands of the future workforce and change the face of higher technical education in the UK.