Higher National Certificate & Diploma
HNCs and HNDs focus on 'learning by doing' and give skills that you can use in a particular job. They are highly valued by employers and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.
HNCs take one year to complete and HNDs take two years to complete.
• Flexibility of one or two years
• Only £4995 per year – lower cost than university
• The qualification provides students with a clear line-of-sight to employment and to progression to a degree
What is a Higher National Certificate/Diploma?
A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 vocational qualification that takes one year to complete full-time, or two years part-time. They're practical-based courses that can prepare you for either work after completion or studies at degree level.
A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 5 vocational qualification that takes two years to complete full-time, or three to four years if you study part-time. HNDs are practical-based courses, ideal for those wanting to enter the workforce or study towards a bachelor’s degree.
What is an HNC and HND equivalent to?
An HNC is equivalent to the first year at university. You can generally enter a bachelor’s degree at year 2 once you complete an HNC.
An HND is equivalent to two years at university, meaning you can enter a bachelor’s degree at year 3 upon completion.
How much do these courses cost?
Save £1000 on all Higher National Certificates for a limited time only.
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£5995 (£4995 if you have already completed the HNC course elsewhere).
You may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.
You may be eligible for a student loan to cover your fees and maintenance. This loan is available from the Government via Student Finance England. The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.
If you have any questions our Admissions Advisers are on hand to offer financial advice and guidance. Please email: or call 01279 868100
What are the benefits of an HNC/HND?
10 reasons why you should study a Higher National Diploma
Both are practical-based qualifications, which is perfect if you want to head straight into work. You’ll learn the skills needed to move into your chosen career and may even get to work with local employers. They are highly valued by employers and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.
Both an HNC and HND also allow for career progression. You might undertake an HNC or HND related to a field of work you already have experience in to gain more professional status.
HNCs and HNDs cost significantly less than university fees. Harlow College is currently offering the HNC for £4995, saving you £1000! The HND is £5995 (£4995 if you have already completed the HNC).
Studying an HNC or HND at your local college also means you don’t have to leave family and friends if that’s not for you, unlike university where you may end up hundreds of miles away. Both HNCs and HNDs are great alternatives to university.
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