Higher Technical Qualifications

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are a new classification of Level 4/5 qualifications that have been approved by employers from a range of key industries. HTQs bridge the gap between T Level/Level 3 study and a university degree and allow students aged 18 and above to gain a higher qualification that focuses on practical skills. They equate to 120 credits per year as university programmes.​

HTQs include Higher National Certificates (HNCs), Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Foundation Degrees. At Kirklees College, we currently offer a HTQ in Computing (FDSc) and will be offering the below HTQs from September 2024:

  • FDA Health and Social Care 
  • HNC Engineering

*all new courses are subject to validation

HTQs Fast Facts

  • Fees average £6950 -£8,000 (FT equivalent)
  • You can access funding through Student Finance England
  • HTQs are suitable for everyone over the age of 18, including those who have already started a career and are looking to retrain/upskill
  • Full-Time and Part-Time study available
  • Curriculum and assessment informed by employer-led standards