Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) - City of Wolverhampton College

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)

Higher Technical Qualifications

HTQs are Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications which were launched in 2023.

HTQs are a great option if you’re looking to gain more technical knowledge in your chosen field – whether that’s to apply for jobs in your chosen industry, progress in our current your career, or continue with higher study.

HTQs explained

Developed by employers to be career-focused

HTQs are developed by employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

They are designed to align closely to industry requirements, giving you specialised knowledge and skills that can directly translate into job opportunities.

Offer both practical skills and technical depth

With a focus on practical skills, a HTQ will equip you with the hands-on, specific skills required for the industry you wish to progress into.

They’ll delve deeply into the technical aspects of your discipline and give you a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

Flexible and accessible

Hybrid options are available on our HTQ programmes to accommodate personal and professional commitments.

HTQs on offer


If you want a professional careers in the construction industry - such as management, architecture, design, quantity surveying, building surveying or land surveying - this is the course for you!


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

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.

Leadership and management

If you want to move into a management role, this HTQ will give you a solid understanding of the concepts of leadership and management and enable you to gain skills and qualities pertinent to key areas of the business you work in.

Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering

If you have completed your engineering apprenticeship and want to progress further in your career, are working as an engineering operative and want to improve your skills, or want to move up the career ladder into a supervisory or management role in the industry, an HTQ is a great qualification to have.


How much will it cost to study a HTQ?

The prices of all HTQ’s can be found on the information page for each course, under ‘Deliveries’ and ‘course fee’.

Can I get funding for a HTQ?

Yes. You can apply for a student loan to cover tuition fees, and for full-time students you can also apply for a maintenance loan. To find out more about student loans, click here

How long does the course last?

Each HTQ lasts 1 year when studying full-time, or 2 years when studying part-time.

What can I do once I have achieved my qualification?

After completing one of our HTQ Level 4 qualifications, you can progress onto further study including a HND or HTQ Level 5. Alternatively, you can go straight into employment in the area of study.

Can I study part time?

Yes. Each of our HTQ’s enable you to be flexible and study either part-time, or full-time. Each part-time HTQ lasts 2 years.

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