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Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ's): A quick overview

Updated: May 24

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Higher Technical Qualifications can be ideal for individuals in many ways.

There are numerous cases where individuals might struggling with what career path they want to be on but also want to get back into education. This is where Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ's) comes into practise.

HTQ's are qualifications set at Level 4 and 5, and are equivalent to the first two years of a university degree. They offer a focused route for learners seeking specialised technical skills in various industries such as construction, management, coaching, sustainability and more. By choosing HTQ's , students can expect a blend of classroom learning and hands-on experience, making them well-equipped for either direct entry into their chosen field or further study. HTQs are ideal for those who aspire to progress in their current career, switch professions, or enter the workforce with a strong set of technical skills and knowledge. It represents a step towards a thriving career in the right direction.


At GLP Training, we're excited to announce the introduction of our HTQ courses, marking the beginning of an enriching educational experience for students. Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in their chosen field. Whether you're aiming to enter the workforce directly or seeking to advance your career prospects, our HTQ courses offer a pathway to success.

The courses that we are offering include:

Level 4

  • Higher National Certificate in Construction Management

  • Higher National Certificate in Quantity Surveying

Level 5

  • Higher National Diploma in Construction Management for England

  • Higher National Diploma in Leadership & Management for England

  • Diploma in Coaching for Professionals

  • Diploma in Operational Management

  • Higher National Diploma in Modern Methods of Construction for England

If you would like to find out more information about each course, check out the courses via the link below.


Entry Requirements

All of our HTQ courses have similar entry requirements which include the following:

General Entry Requirements:

  • GCSEs: Applicants must have at least 4 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English and Maths, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications. This foundational knowledge is crucial for the advanced study that our HTQs offer.

  • Level 3 Qualifications: We accept 48 UCAS Tariff points from an appropriate Level 3 vocational program, such as a BTEC National Diploma, A Level 3 Extended Diploma, GCE AS/A Level, or a 6 unit Vocational A Level. These qualifications demonstrate your readiness to tackle higher-level coursework.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: A success in an Access to Higher Education Diploma is considered a valid entry route, reflecting your ability to handle the demands of our HTQs.

  • Recognised Prior Learning: If you have formally assessed outcomes acquired through recognised prior learning or experience, we welcome your application. This acknowledges the value of diverse learning experiences and competencies.

English Language Requirements:

  • For applicants who's English is not the first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification is normally required to ensure that you can thrive in our English-speaking academic environment.

Consideration without Standard Qualifications:

  • Applicants lacking the specific qualifications mentioned but demonstrate the ability to study at the required level are encouraged to apply. We consider each application holistically, acknowledging the potential beyond formal academic achievements.



Funding Your Future: Flexible Payment Options for HTQs

At GLP Training, we understand the importance of making higher education accessible and affordable. That's why we offer a variety of funding options to help you manage the cost of your HTQ's.

Whether you're planning to self-fund, seeking support from your employer, or exploring student finance options, we're here to guide you through your choices and find the best fit for your financial situation.

  • Self-Funding Over Instalments: For those who choose to self-fund, we offer the flexibility to pay tuition fees in instalments, making it more manageable to balance your finances without compromising on your education.

  • Employer Funding: If you're currently employed, your employer may be willing to fund your studies. Employer funding is a great way to develop professional skills that will benefit your current role or prepare you for advancement within your company. We can provide assistance in presenting a case to your employer about the benefits of funding your course.

  • Student Finance: You may be eligible for financial support through student finance options available in your region. This can include loans or grants that cover tuition fees and possibly living costs, depending on your circumstances.

  • Guidance and Support: Our dedicated support team is here to provide guidance on the funding choices available to you and assist with any queries you may have.

By offering these flexible funding options, we aim to ensure that financial constraints do not hinder your educational journey. At GLP Training, we're committed to providing accessible, high-quality education that empowers you to achieve your career aspirations.


Overall, HTQ's present a compelling alternative for individuals who may not find traditional routes suitable for their current circumstances. With HTQ's offering specialised technical skills, they provide a focused pathway for learners across various industries.

Whether aiming for career advancement, transitioning to a new field, or seeking entry into the working world, HTQ's offer a promising avenue towards a successful and fulfilling career trajectory.

Embracing HTQs signifies a decisive step forward in the pursuit of professional excellence and personal growth.

If you would like to find out more on how HTQ's can benefit you, feel free to give us a message through our website:

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