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HTQs at The Bedford College Group

HTQ students in Construction workshop.

Welcome to HTQs at the Bedford College Group.

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We offer HTQs in a range of subject areas; providing a technical/vocational route for learners who are looking for development of their skills and knowledge.

What do HTQs have to offer?

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are new or Level 4 and 5 qualifications that the Institute has approved for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

These qualifications have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that students get the specific training, knowledge and skills required for their chosen career.

We offer a diverse range of technical qualifications, including Business and Health, cutting-edge Computing courses, Construction Management and Engineering.

These courses are great routes for those who have studied T Levels at College.

All about HTQs

Click the relevant section to discover more about HTQs.

What are HTQs?

  • New & existing qualifications approved as meeting the skills employers need.
  • Approved HTQs are endorsed by employers to ensure you get the specific training, knowledge and skills required.
  • Suited to school leavers (age 18+) as well as those looking to upskill or retrain.
  • Flexible qualifications with full time, part time and online learning options.
  • Based on the employer-led standards in the same way as Apprenticeships & T Levels.
  • Obtain the skills to go straight into industry and employment, or to use as a foundation for further study.

Who are HTQs suitable for?

HTQs are valuable Higher Skills qualifications,  and would suit students who:

  • prefer to go down a technical rather than academic route
  • are progressing from vocational courses
  • are adult learners keen to develop skills to further their careers
  • are apprentices and employees who want to learn new skills.

HTQs are all about improving skills and preparing learners for the world of work through excellence and relevance of vocational and technical knowledge.

Why HTQs?

They offer:

  • Stimulating and challenging programmes of study that will be both engaging and memorable
  • Essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully
  • Assessments that consider what learners know along with applied skills (what they can do)
  • Varied approach to assessment, for different learning styles
  • A qualification designed to meet the needs and expectations of learners aspiring to work in a national and international setting.

HTQs provide unique opportunities – taught by industry experts and with access to industry relevant facilities, equipment and resources.


Learn more about HTQs:

The National Careers Service: 
The National Careers Service is a government-funded service that provides information and advice on careers and training. They have a website with information about HTQs, including how to find a training provider and how to apply for a qualification.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) website

The GOV.UK website

How to apply

Application methods depend on your study mode.

  • Full time applications can be made through UCAS, after searching course details on the website.
  • Part time opportunities can be found on the website.

Find out more:

Business HTQs

Computing HTQS

Construction HTQs

Engineering HTQs

Healthcare HTQs