Week 19

What is a HNC and HND?

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This week we are looking at HNCs and HNDs 

Higher National Diplomas and Higher National Certificates are work-related courses provided by a number of colleges. Generally speaking an HND is the equivalent to two years at university but they can often be studied part time over four years. HNCs and HNDs focus on 'learning by doing' and develop skills that you can use in a particular job. Many students who undertake these courses are already employed in the industry and the qualification helps them to further their career or update their knowledge. They are highly valued by employers and can also count towards membership of professional bodies.

Entry requirements for a HNC/D vary and relevant professional or technical experience is often taken into account. Progression from an HNC/D can include further study at university which can lead to a degree, or entry to and progression within a related industry.

HNDs are offered in vocational areas such as:

  • Arts
  • Media and Publishing
  • Business, Administration and Law
  • Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Leisure, Travel and Tourism

What is a HNC?

A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a level 4 vocational qualification that takes one year to complete, or two years part-time. They are practical-based courses that can either prepare you for work upon completion or continue studying to degree level.

What is a HND?

A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a level 5 vocational qualification provided by higher and further education colleges. It takes two years to complete, or three to four years if you study part-time. HND’s are practical-based courses ideal for those wanting to enter the workforce or study towards a bachelor’s degree.

Tasks for this week

If you think that a HNC or HND might be for you, the best way to learn more is to contact the colleges or training providers that you would like to study at to see what courses they have available. So with that in mind, your task this week is to visit the website for your local college and take a look at the HNCs and HNDs that they have available. If you're not sure which college to take a look at, visit this page of our website with links to some of the colleges in the area.

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