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    Hi, Are BTEC HNC and HND both now Level 5 qualifications? HNC used to be Level 4 and HND Level 5. Student Finance are telling me that they are the same?
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    I think it is because HNC is like year 1 of a degree, and HND is year 1 and 2 of a degree.

    So, if you do HNC then a HND you're essentially doing the same level in the first year of the HND.
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    This is an area where it gets confusing. If you look at the QCF framework HNCs and HNDs are both listed as level 5, whereas a Certificate of Higher Education - the first year of uni - is a level 4.

    If you can get proof that your qualification is in fact level 4 on the QCF framework - perhaps through your teacher, or the course website - then you would be able to show the SLC that they are wrong. Otherwise, they are correct in their assessment.
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    Thanks, I will contact my tutor and see what I can do.
 
 
 
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