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What is an HNC/D?

What is an HNC/D?

Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are work-related higher education qualifications. The first year you study towards the Level 4 HNC which leads on to the second year of study for the Level 5 HND. HNC/Ds can lead directly to the workplace or as a stepping stone to a Bachelors degree.

Why study an HND?

An HND is the academic equivalent to the second year of a Bachelors degree. It takes two years of full-time study to complete and is designed to equip you with the skills relevant to your chosen career. HNDs are focused on ‘learning by doing’ to gain and develop hands-on skills ready for the workplace. These qualifications are highly valued in the eyes of employers.

Where can an HND lead?

As HNDs are designed to give you the skills for a particular field of work, they can lead straight to a career. HND graduates have the advantage of gaining a wealth of practical, specialised experience prior to securing their first graduate position.

HNDs can also be extended via a top-up course into a full Bachelors degree, this is another effective route into employment. Holding a Bachelors degree opens you up to jobs and internships that would otherwise be unavailable to you.

Can I get funding for further study?

HNC/Ds are eligible for government funding from Student Finance.

HNC/Ds at West Herts College


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