What is a Diploma of Higher Education?

A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is similar to a Higher National Diploma (HND) and a Higher National Certificate (HNC). A Diploma of Higher Education is an accredited professional qualification, which are highly respected by employers in the UK and abroad.

How long does it take to complete a Diploma of Higher Education?

A DipHE typically takes two years to complete if studied full-time. They are typically worth 240 credit points, with 120 points at Level 7 and at least 80 from Level 8. A Bachelor’s degree is worth 360 credit points when all three years is completed.

What subjects can I study in a Diploma of Higher Education?
There are many subjects on offer including:
Accounting degree
• Construction degree
Engineering degree
Nursing degree
• Science degree
Social Work degree
• Technology degree
• Textile Design degree

What entry requirements do I need to study a Diploma of Higher Education?
Students will need A-Levels, BTECs and standard GCSEs to gain access on to a DipHE course. Students are advised to check with their Further Education College or university as to what entry requirements are needed for that particular course.

How do I apply to study a Diploma of Higher Education?
Students can apply via their chosen institution, either online or by post. For more information, interested students should contact their college.

How are you assessed?
Depending on the subject being studied, students on a DipHE course will either be assessed through written work, assignments, projects and practical elements.

What can I do with a Diploma of Higher Education?
Students can either choose to enter the world of work, as this type of qualification does prepare students for a particular career sector, or choose to gain admission onto a Bachelor’s degree. You can normally convert your Higher Education Diploma to a degree with an extra year of study.

What is a Diploma of Higher Education equivalent to?
A full-time, two-year DipHE course is normally equivalent to the first two years of an undergraduate degree. It can also be used for entry to the third year of a related degree course if a student wishes to gain a bachelor’s degree. A DipHE is also equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND).