Digital BTEC Level 4 Higher Technical Qualification - City of Wolverhampton College

Digital BTEC Level 4 Higher Technical Qualification

Digital BTEC Level 4 Higher Technical Qualification

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Digital BTEC Level 4 Higher Technical Qualification

If you work in the digital, computing, and IT industry - or aspire to do so - this higher technical qualification (HTQ) will move you a step closer to a career in the specialist field of computer science. 

HTQs were introduced in 2023 and are a great option if you're looking to gain more technical knowledge in your chosen field and are developed by employers to be career-focussed, focus on practical and technical skills, and are flexible and adaptable so that you can fit studying around other commitments.

You will further expand your IT knowledge and develop a range of dynamic skills essential for working in the sector - from trouble shooting to software development - and will explore a range of topics enabling you to identify the area you wish to specialise in. 

The course is focussed on future employment in the sector and each subject area you study will be tailored towards jobs available in the industry, meaning you will not only develop technical knowledge but will also develop a range of employability skills preparing you for the competitive job market. 

This programme is classed as a higher technical qualification (HTQ) which are industry-focussed Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications developed by awarding bodies in collaboration with employers and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE). 

Successful completion of the Level 4 HTQ will enable you to progress to the Level 5 Higher National Diploma 

To access the course you are required to have 48 UCAS points from one of the following: 

  • BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma in a relevant subject OR

  • A Levels and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level


  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above OR 

  • Digital T Level with a pass grade.

During the programme you will study the following units:  

  • Programming 

  • Networking 

  • Professional practice 

  • Database design & development 

  • Security 

  • Planning a computing project  

  • Software development lifecycles  

  • Fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI) & intelligent systems (optional)* 

*optional units subject to change 

Upon successfully completing the first year and attaining the Level 4 National Certificate in Computing, you have the option to progress to the Level 5 Higher National Diploma.- link to our course This advanced level allows for specialization, enabling you to commit to specific career paths and progression routes directed toward degree-level study. 

Throughout the programme you will develop skills, qualities and strengths in the following areas:   

  • Problem-solving skills: The ability to analyse challenges, identify solutions, and implement effective problem-solving strategies. 

  • Independent skills: Learning to work autonomously, make informed decisions, and take initiative, cultivating independence and self-reliance. 

  • Interpersonal skills: Developing effective communication, collaboration and team-working skills to enable you to work the ability to work in a range of professional settings. 

  • Commercial skills: Gaining insights into the business aspects of computing and an understanding of industry dynamics, market trends, and the ability to apply technical skills in a commercially-relevant context. 

By emphasizing these employability skills, our program seeks to prepare you not only with technical proficiency but also with a holistic skill set that enhances your readiness for success in the dynamic and competitive job market. 

Throughout the course you will be assessed in the following ways: 

Assessments after each module 

Report writing 


Live project work 

Case studies.  

Marks from all assessments will contribute to the final grade you will receive on completion of the course.  

Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress to: 


  • HND Computing 

  • BSc (Hons)  Computing 

  • BSc Data Science 

  • BSc (Hons) Business Computer Systems 

  • BEng (Hons) Software Engineering 

  • BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Forensic Computing 


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