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    Hey all,

    This is my first post so be easy on me!

    I have a little bit of a dilemma at the moment..

    I am a little bit undecided as to which BTEC HND to take. I would like to study a HND for Sept 2018.

    I am 22 years old, and left school after taking my GCSEs due to personal reasons that I don't want to get into as it isn't relevant. With that being said, I did try doing BTEC Business (level 3) for a few months and absolutely hated it. I thought it was super boring.

    I do not hold any level 3 qualfications, however, I have gained a whole lot of work experience which will allow me to take either qualification. I worked in Business Admin and Hospitality and at times working in both sectors at the same time.

    I did achieve very good GCSE results and I went into full time work working for various companies in the UK. I have now found myself travelling and now picking up French as a second language. I am absolutely in love with the country, I travel every month there and also have friends over there as well. I see my life over there and not here. I would love to move there but I think it's best if I focus on my education first. I would love to work as a teacher job for students who want to learn English but not forever lol


    My end goal options would be -

    1 - After gaining my HND, study a transition year in France and then...

    2a - Study Human Resources with a language as a degree (hopefully abroad in France)

    2b - Study International Relations/Affairs with a language as a degree (hopefully abroad in Belgium or France or maybe somewhere else)

    3 - Work abroad in France or a French speaking country doing Human Resources in a school, or travel agency or hotel chain or maybe in an embassy. Definitely HR abroad.

    The two HNDs have similar units that spark interest (Human resource management) but I really don't know what subjects to take.

    Having done my research and still am undecided. However if I choose to complete my degree in the UK, will my choice of HND matter?

    Some advice would be helpful.. I'm not sure if I have forgotten any key info..
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    How are you able to get into a HND course without any level 3 qualification? At my college you have to study a BTEC diploma or 2-3 A Levels and get MM(M) or BB(B) before even being eligible to apply. Even if you have work experience that you suggest is enough (I've never heard of that being enough), it would be quite tough for a college to take you in over students who studied their level level 3 to get into the HND traditionally.

    Not trying to be rude, a HND is the first two years of a bachelors degree and I just find it quite odd you'd be able to get in without any level 3 qualification. Even if you are doing work at a high level, experience only takes you so far especially when talking about applying to higher education. Even most apprenticeships require level 3/a few A Levels. I'd highly recommend taking an extended diploma at level 3 and going to Uni to study.
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    I take Btec business and it is my favourite btec. BTEC business has taught me btec skills which are relevant for future btec courses . I suggest taking btec business because it us btec-tastic! I hope you make the right decision









    P.s sorry for trolling i got bored lol.
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    (Original post by stingggggg)
    How are you able to get into a HND course without any level 3 qualification? At my college you have to study a BTEC diploma or 2-3 A Levels and get MM(M) or BB(B) before even being eligible to apply. Even if you have work experience that you suggest is enough (I've never heard of that being enough), it would be quite tough for a college to take you in over students who studied their level level 3 to get into the HND traditionally.

    Not trying to be rude, a HND is the first two years of a bachelors degree and I just find it quite odd you'd be able to get in without any level 3 qualification. Even if you are doing work at a high level, experience only takes you so far especially when talking about applying to higher education. Even most apprenticeships require level 3/a few A Levels. I'd highly recommend taking an extended diploma at level 3 and going to Uni to study.
    After I left school at 16, I worked in many different areas including Financial Services and Recruitment. I also have a project management diploma. Trust me when I say that I do have the experience lol. Anyway I have applied to a few colleges for the BTEC HND in Business but like I said I am still undecided. Another means of entry into the HND is by having relevant experience in the field that you want to study in
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    (Original post by Bela Boo)
    . Another means of entry into the HND is by having relevant experience in the field that you want to study in
    Thats interesting, have you been accepted? Are you looking on to go to University afterwards youve done it?

    I don't mean to be that guy but a HND is very like the business level 3 you studied in the way it's structured (assignments, a lot of boring lecturers etc) Are you sure you'd be interested in that? If i were you I would be applying for a foundation year at a University even though it might be a bit hard, with good GCSEs and a reason as to why you didn't do level 3 (you were working and gained adequate experience) would get you into a fair few.
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    (Original post by stingggggg)
    Thats interesting, have you been accepted? Are you looking on to go to University afterwards youve done it?

    I don't mean to be that guy but a HND is very like the business level 3 you studied in the way it's structured (assignments, a lot of boring lecturers etc) Are you sure you'd be interested in that? If i were you I would be applying for a foundation year at a University even though it might be a bit hard, with good GCSEs and a reason as to why you didn't do level 3 (you were working and gained adequate experience) would get you into a fair few.
    You're right in what you're saying! I've been invited to interviews and have to bring a CV, references and proofs of my certificates to the interview but the choice is really which qualification I want to study. A BTEC is perfect as I work 3 days a week and I wouldn't have to go into college every day. It's a nice flexible qualification and i don't want to go back 2 years by doing a level 3 qualification ... on top of that I have also missed the UCAS deadline for undergrad applications so a BTEC HND looked like a better option. I'm stuck as to what to choose for the subject. I think maybe I should choose Business and probably do an online course in Travel & Tourism (with accreditation of course ). And whilst I'm not in study at the moment I might as well focus on doing that now while waiting to see if I'll be accepted for a place. Are you also doing a BTEC HNC/D?
 
 
 
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