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What is a Higher National Diploma?

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A Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification uses studying and practical elements to prepare students for a particular job and/or career. HNDs are valued by companies and employers and are perfect for individuals who wish to have a more of a ‘hands-on’ experience with their studies.

How long does it take to study a Higher National Diploma?

Students can study an HND at a further or higher education college and take two years to complete full-time. Those who wish to study a Higher National Diploma part-time can do so, but varying colleges offer different time frames for completion.

What subjects can I study in a Higher National Diploma?

There are an array of subjects available for students, with a wide range of topics to interest many individuals, such as:
Agriculture degree
Business and management degree
Construction degree
Civil Engineering degree
Engineering degree
Health and Social Care degree
Hospitality Management degree
IT and computing degree
Sport and Exercise Sciences degree

What entry requirements do I need to study a Higher National Diploma?

To study an HND, students will need previous qualifications, most colleges ask for at least one A-Level, or equivalent qualification, such as a BTEC. Students are advised to check with their chosen academic institution to know what qualifications they may need to gain access to the course.

How do I apply to study a Higher National Diploma?

Students can apply to study an HND by contacting their college, or university and applying independently.

How are you assessed?

Individuals will be assessed through practical tasks, work projects, assignments and written work during their time on the course. If a student successfully completes a Higher National Diploma, the grades available in each subject is either a, pass, merit or distinction, which translates to a C, B or an A.

What can I do with a Higher National Diploma?

HNDs give students the skills needed for a particular area or field of work, which can lead straight to a career. They can also allow entry into the second or third year of a degree – this will depend on the subject studied as a Higher National Diploma, and what subject wishing to be studied at degree level. Students are advised to check with their university or Further Education College about whether their HND is suitable for entry.

What are they equivalent to?

A Higher National Diploma is equivalent to A-Levels, BTECs, a Foundation Degree and Higher Education Diploma, as students are able to begin an undergraduate degree with this qualification or even half way through the degree.


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