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What is Higher Technical Education?

Higher Technical Education provides vocational training for students in higher education. They currently include HNCs and FdScs and will include Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ) from September 2024 in an update to our existing HTE courses.

HTQs have been developed by the Department of Education to recognise these qualifications in plugging the skills gaps and boost access to more high-quality training alternatives in higher education.

Solent University has been successful in receiving funding from the government’s Higher Technical Education Provider Growth Fund, to develop these exciting new qualifications.

They have been created to support people to study more flexibly at different points throughout their lives – helping them to secure high-skilled, high-paid jobs. Unlike apprenticeships, those studying a HTQ will not need to be sponsored by an employer.

They will provide technical skills training alongside an academic qualification such as a HNC or FdSc.

Higher Technical Qualifications

Who are they for?
HTQs are for those who want vocational training as part of their career path. Students can progress on from their Technical Qualifications to gain a deeper knowledge of the subject area at a higher level. 

They are also for mature learners who want to upskill or retrain in these subject areas to enhance their career. We welcome mature learners who have been out of education for a while and offer support to their learning and academic skills.

How can I find out more?
You can register your details on our register your interest form and we’ll send you further information about the courses once we receive it.

HTQ Courses

When do they start?
Our HTQs will commence in September 2024. In the meantime, you can study one of our listed HNCs or FdSc courses that have been recognised as an HTQ equivalent.

What courses will be available?
At Solent University, our mission is to be work-ready, world-ready and future ready.

We already offer a unique curriculum around industry skills and we have the latest facilities for students to learn on.


We run HT courses in the following areas:

Digital Construction
  • HNC Construction Quantity Surveying Technician (level 4)
  • HNC Construction Site Supervisor (level 4)
Health and science

(Note: in September 2024, these courses will change to HTQ)

Register your interest