Undergraduate Study

Higher National Diploma (HND)

Undergraduate Study

Higher National Diploma (HND)

Higher National Diploma


A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a work-related course provided by further education colleges in the UK.

A full-time HND takes two years to complete, or three to four years part-time. An HND is equivalent to the second year of a Bachelors degree.

Unlike many degrees, HND courses are vocationally focussed and therefore can lead straight on to a career. Moreover, they are a great stepping stone up to a higher qualification, as you can choose to ‘top up’ an HND with a one year Bachelor’s ( Top Up ) degree course, in order to convert it to a full achelor’s degree.

  • Academic institutions set their own entry requirements for HND courses depending on the subject. Minimum entry requirements include A level qualification (or equivalent).
  • HND courses provide an ideal academic progression where students can ‘top up’ their qualification by studying Bachelors Top-up degree to achieve Bachelors degree in one year.
  • HND courses also provide direct entry to Level 6 course which is equivalent to the final year (120 Credits) of a Bachelors degree.
  • There are a number of career routes students can take after HND such as getting a graduate job or becoming self-employed.
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