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What are Higher Technical Qualifications?

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) offer a high-quality route for employers to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours of their workforce required for in-demand digital roles. The Open University (OU) is amongst the first institutions to offer this new type of learning solution to employers in England.

Approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, these qualifications have been crafted with the both the learner and employer in mind, enabling flexibility in study and providing practical skills and experience to navigate and solve recruitment and retention challenges. 

Key features

  • Ideal level for college and school leavers – or those retraining and upskilling
  • Enhances learners’ employability with a qualification that meets employer-led occupational standards
  • Gain career-specific and transferable knowledge and skills and provides a foundation for further study
  • Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education approved qualifications


As some of the most in demand skills within the job market, our HTQs aimed at those wishing to pursue careers in software development,  network engineering or nursing.

Want to find out more?

Our HTQ brochure is the perfect place to start. It details more information on the programmes themselves and the process to enable your teams to begin their learning journey with us.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Network Engineering 

Learn fundamental technologies and techniques relevant to the role of a network engineer – a highly valued and sought-after profession.

Diploma of Higher Education in Software Development

Build a solid foundation of computing and mathematical knowledge for the role of an in-demand, professional software developer.

Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate Practice

Develop the skills to become a registered Nursing Associate to act as a bridge between healthcare support workers and registered nurses.

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If you have any questions about Higher Technical Qualifications, please speak to an adviser by calling 01908 541182 or you can request a call back or contact us via email.

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