HNCs and HNDs
Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need for success in your current or future role.
HNCs usually take one year to complete and are a Level 4 qualification (equivalent to the first year of study on an Honours Degree). HNDs usually take two years to complete and as a Level 5 qualification equate to the first two years of Honours Degree study.
Higher National qualifications don't just qualify you for work. Some HNCs allow direct entry into the second year of a degree programme, and many HNDs allow direct entry to the third year of an Honours Degree. Possessing an HNC or HND can also give you entry to a number of professional bodies. So whether you want to go straight into a job, or continue your studies, getting a Higher National can be a great place to start.