Next Generation Higher National Qualifications

Every year, learners across Scotland enhance their prospects by undertaking a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or a Higher National Diploma (HND). We are now adapting our Higher National qualifications to give learners the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workplace. 

Our Next Generation Higher National (NextGen: HN) qualifications will:

What will be different?

Here are some key features of the new HN qualifications.

SQA Academy module

An overview of how and why we established the programme, its current progress, and a timeline of future work is provided in this new SQA Academy module. The NextGen: HN module is accessible to everyone and outlines the features and benefits of the new HN qualifications.

NextGen: HN vision module

The Minimum Viable Product approach and NextGen: HN

The Minimum Viable Product (189 KB) document explains the concept of a minimum viable product and why we are using this approach in NextGen: HN. It also looks at what a NextGen: HN minimum viable product will consist of.

Timelines and milestones

The NexGen: HN project is gathering pace with further subjects being piloted in session 2022-2023. We have produced indicative Subject Timelines to support understanding of what is happening in each subject area over subsequent years.

NextGen: HN roadshow recording

This event introduced the NextGen: HN project and gave an overview of our work to date.

What’s happening in my subject?

Other subjects may be selected at a future point in line with selection criteria and we will update the sector as soon as there is further information.