Policy paper

Higher Technical Qualification: overview

Find out what a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) is and how the funding and approval system works.

Applies to England



Information for providers and awarding organisations about the new Higher Technical Qualification, including:

  • what a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) is
  • how the funding works
  • the qualification approval process
  • when new qualifications will be approved
  • how education providers can get involved
Published 10 January 2023
Last updated 21 September 2023 + show all updates
  1. Update following the renaming to Lifelong Learning Entitlement (formerly Lifelong Loan Entitlement).

  2. Updated sector names and details of provider funding including the skills injection fund and grant funding for the modular acceleration programme.

  3. Updated to reflect that HTQs started from September 2023 are eligible for the higher education student finance offer.

  4. The 'Funding' section has been updated with guidance for Ofqual-regulated awarding organisations on working with providers that deliver through the higher education student finance system. The amount of funding available via the skills injection fund has changed.

  5. First published.