HTQs are an alternative to apprenticeships or degrees. They may suit you if you want a more practical, employer-led study programme.
Types of HTQs
There are many different types of HTQs, such as:
- higher national diplomas
- higher national certificates
- foundation degrees
- higher education diplomas
Not all higher national diplomas, higher national certificates, foundation degrees and higher education diplomas will be HTQs. Look out for the HTQ quality mark to tell you if a qualification has been approved.
Other HTQs will be available in the future, such as:
- digital HTQs: available from September 2022 and leading to careers such as network engineer, software developer and data analyst
- health, science and construction HTQs: available from 2023
Even more subjects will be available in the future.
Starting a HTQ
To start a HTQ, you’ll need to:
- be aged 18 or over
- live in England
You can apply for a HTQ while you’re still at school.
Each educational provider sets their own entry requirements for HTQs.
The grades or qualifications you’ll need to have will depend on the type of course you’re applying for.
Tuition fees and funding
Tuition fees vary depending on the course. They’re likely to cost from around £7,000 to £9,250 a year for a 1 or 2-year course.
Work placements are not usually included on a HTQ.
However, many courses do offer you practical skills and experience through:
- work experience
After your HTQ
After completing a HTQ, you can:
- get a job in your chosen career
- go on to further study, such as getting a degree
- volunteer to help build your skills and experience
You can use UCAS to search and apply for HTQ courses.
Special educational needs (SEND) advice
You can get education advice if you're disabled or have special educational needs.
It may help you choose what you'd like to do next.