HN Admissions Open MAY 2021
Entry requirements and admissions
Pearson does not set formal entry requirements for our qualifications. But as a centre, you are responsible for making sure that the students you recruit have a reasonable chance of success on the programme.
Students who have recently been in education are likely to need:
● a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business
● a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant
subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is
likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or
equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
● other related Level 3 qualifications
● an Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education
● relevant work experience, or
● an international equivalent to the above qualifications.
Our Recognition of Prior Learning policy means that students’ previous learning and experience can be taken into account, and they may be awarded certain qualifications or units of a qualification based on that learning or experience. Please see section 9 for more information.
English language requirements
Pearson's mission is to help people make more of their lives through learning. To assist centres to recruit students who have the skills to benefit from undertaking a Higher National programme of study, we are providing the following clarification regarding the English language admission requirements when offering places to applicants.
All centres delivering Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in English must ensure that each applicant can demonstrate their capability to learn and be assessed at the relevant level in English.
Students applying for a Pearson BTEC Higher National qualification that is taught and assessed completely in English will need a certain level of English language skills. Before accepting students onto a programme, you must make sure that those who are non-native English speakers and who have not carried out their final two years of schooling in English can demonstrate ability at a standard equivalent to:
● Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
● PTE Academic 51, or
● IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5). Students who have completed a
Pearson BTEC Higher National qualification delivered partly or completely in another language but assessed in English will need to demonstrate ability in English to the standard above but at the end of the programme. It is up to you to decide what proof of ability students will need to provide.