Higher national diplomas

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What is a Higher National Diploma?

A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a certificate of education equivalent to the first two years of a university course, which can be used to gain access to university, or as a direct qualification for a job. An HND is a work-related vocational qualification designed to give skills necessary for employment in specific jobs. HNDs can take two years to complete full time, and longer part time. Over 400 higher and further education colleges provide the framework for this type of qualification.

HNDs are mainly assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks that you complete through the duration of the course. The grades for passing a subject are passes, merits, distinctions.

Because HNDs are designed to give you practical skills in a particular area of work they can lead directly into employment. With further study you'll also have the option to convert your HND into a bachelor's degree, by entering into one of the latter years of a university course.

how do I get onto a Higher National Diploma?

To study for an HND you will need some previous qualifications. Most courses will need at least one A Level, or A Level equivalent. You can search for courses near you on the UCAS website.

Some helpful sites:

Directgov HND page