Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) in Leadership and Management, Level 4

Course Overview

The Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) in Leadership and Management at Level 4 is designed for individuals looking to develop their managerial skills and advance their careers in leadership roles. This course provides comprehensive training in leadership principles, strategic planning, and effective management practices. It is ideal for aspiring leaders, supervisors, and managers who are looking to enhance their ability to lead teams, manage resources, and drive organisational success.

This programme lays the foundations of learning by providing a broad introduction to business and different business functions. This develops and strengthens core skills while preparing you for studying at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility.



You will gain a wide range of business knowledge tied to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. You will be involved in vocational activities that help them to develop vocational behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills.

By the end of this programme, you will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of leadership and management. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to key areas of business.


All modules are mandatory on this programme as they align with the level 5 Operations or Departmental Standard. See more information on the Progression and Careers section.

  • The Contemporary Business Environment
  • Marketing Processes and Planning
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Leadership and Management
  • Accounting Principles
  • Managing a Successful Business Project
  • Operational Planning and Management
  • Digital Business in Practice

To study the course, you will need an appropriate Level 3 qualification, or equivalent, e.g. Access to HE, BTEC National Diploma, BTEC National Certificate or A Levels. Applicants without formal qualifications/with appropriate work experience or other qualifications can apply.

Maths and English GCSE at grade C / 4 or above or equivalent qualification.

An interview with the course tutor is also required.

Assessment is via assignments, timed tasks and project work

You can progress to the HTQ Level 5 in Leadership and Management. Normally you would then go on to a top-up degree which is likely to be in Leadership and Management, Business Management, Business and Human Resource Management; Global Management or Digital Business Management.

The BTEC Level 5 HTQ in Leadership and Management (HND level) has been designed to align to the Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship and Occupational Standard (OS) for Operations or Departmental Manager, as defined by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) (https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/occupational-standards). The knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) required to meet specific OSs are embedded in both the Level 4 and Level 5 units.


This programme is funded through Student Finance England, sponsorship from an employer or self-funded.

For more information on financial support, click here.

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