Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals – Meeting the Higher Level Skills Agenda

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals – Meeting the Higher Level Skills Agenda


Higher Nationals are important because they
are really all encompassing qualifications not only give students the academic knowledge
they require, but they all have the employability built into them, they are vocational, they
have got the more practical context. Choosing a Higher National is a great choice
to make. The new ones are fresh, they are new, they brought many many changes which
will put students in a great position, and they cover a wider range of what business
is about nowadays. I think the practicality of my course is what
gets me excited every day; the fact that the course itself is designed with industry partners
who then give you an insight into the course and into their companies as well. The employers can be really comforted to know
that actually you’ve got the knowledge, but you’ve also got the key skills to get on the
job and get running from day one. As a student, it’s very beneficial for your
future development and career, therefore I absolutely love it. Recognition of Higher Nationals by Universities
is a really important part. Young people out there today know exactly
what it is that they want to learn. They don’t just look at a course title, they look at
the course content, they look at module content, and if that’s not relevant, if that doesn’t
incorporate globalisation, new technologies then they are going to turn those down and
go to another provider, so it is very much in own centres’ interest that they make sure
that their portfolio includes these highly relevant, highly innovative up to date programme
such as the one that has been developed for the Higher National programmes. I think the most exciting feature of my course
are the variety of areas of business that we can study. I do modules in Law, Accounting,
HR, Marketing, even Organizational Behaviour, so I really get to understand different areas
of business; so, the opportunity to go into further studies, specialize, even start your
own company is really exciting. The new Higher Nationals are really practical
in nature, and we hear constantly from employers that they are crying out for more practical
skills and knowledge from the staff of the future, so I think these Higher Nationals
will really help to plug that gap. Certainly from what I see on these Higher
National Qualifications, the blend of formal learning and the opportunity to engage with
employers, take part in activities, the actual conversation with people from the real world
of government departments and business I think it can only be an asset to that qualification. A Higher National course is exciting, it really
does help you see the future for yourselves. I have just started my own company, with three
of my friends from my course, so I am really excited about taking that further. To have more information, please visit our
Pearson website at: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-higher-nationals.html

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