Higher National Diploma


A Higher National Diploma (HND) is an academic higher education qualification of the United Kingdom. … This qualification can be used to gain entry into universities at an advanced level; it is considered equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.

A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a higher education qualification. … Generally, an HND is equivalent to the second year of university and – while the practical skills gained from a Higher National Diploma can lead directly to the workplace – they are often used as a stepping-stone to a full degree.


A full-time Higher National Certificate (HNC) takes one year to complete, or two years part-time. Many HNC courses cover the same subjects as an HND, but an HNC is one level below an HND (it’s generally equivalent to the first year at university).

What are the benefits of an HND or HNC?

Unlike many degrees, these courses are vocationally focussed and therefore can lead straight on to a career. Moreover, they’re a great stepping stone up to a higher qualification, as you can choose to ‘top-up’ an HND or HNC with extra studies at a later date, in order to convert it to a full bachelor’s degree.

Popular HND & HNC Courses

– Accounting
– Business and Finance
– Business Management
– Civil Engineering
– Construction
– Electrical Engineering
– Engineering
– Graphic Design
– Management
– Mechanical Engineering
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