Enhancing transition into HE for diverse, non-traditional students: Steps toward connected pedagogical partnerships

  • Christine Smith
  • Clare Gartland


This paper reports from the Enhancing BTEC students’ transition into HE project, which was designed to identify and support effective pedagogical partnerships between academic tutors in both post-16 and Higher Education (HE) institutions. The aim of the project was to more effectively promote and facilitate successful progression to HE amongst students from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds, particularly students from low participation neighbourhoods who have undertaken vocational qualifications, such as BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) awards in order to progress to HE. The project findings have led to a set of recommendations for building effective collaborative pedagogical partnerships across the post-16 and HE sectors.