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Higher National Certificate & Diploma

10 reasons to do an HNC/D

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 £5,500 per year – lower cost than university
• The qualification provides students with a clear line-of-sight to employment and to progression to a degree

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: June 2021

Advanced Practice in Early Years Education Higher National Certificate & Diploma

This course provides extensive knowledge of professional development, the Early Years curriculum along with communication, values & leadership for advanced Early Years Practitioners. You will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills. Most significantly, you will gain professional status enabling you to work with children or progress to university to complete an Early Years Degree, Teaching Degree or a Degree in Childhood studies.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: June 2021

Business Higher National Certificate & Diploma

This Business course provides a stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students, along with essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into the world of work or a related degree.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: June 2021

Creative Media Production (Game Development) Higher National Certificate & Diploma

HNC/HND Computer Game Design is designed for those who wish to become animators, modellers or developers in the Games Industry and want to develop a wide range of skills on a nationally-recognised Level 4/ Level 5 qualification. During this course, you will develop the skills needed for game content and concept development.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: June 2021

Engineering Higher National Certificate & Diploma

This course provides an extensive knowledge and skills in engineering with specialist units available in Advanced Manufacturing and Automated Systems. You will be studying in the new (£11m) state-of-the-art Harlow Advanced Manufacturing Centre (HAMEC) equipped with over £2m worth of industry standard machinery and equipment. There is a huge demand for qualified engineers locally, nationally and internationally. We work closely with industry to ensure our courses meet the requirements of employers.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: June 2020

Engineering Higher National Certificate & Diploma

This course provides an extensive knowledge and skills in engineering with specialist units available in Advanced Manufacturing and Automated Systems. You will be studying in the new (£11m) state-of-the-art Harlow Advanced Manufacturing Centre (HAMEC) equipped with over £2m worth of industry standard machinery and equipment. There is a huge demand for qualified engineers locally, nationally and internationally. We work closely with industry to ensure our courses meet the requirements of employers.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time & Part-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: July 2021

Future Home Design & Construction Higher National Certificate & Diploma

The Higher National Certificate in Future Home Design & Construction (MOBIE) will enable graduates to demonstrate a sound knowledge of new and emerging technologies and innovative strategies within the construction and built environment.

George Clarke (pictured above) is the founder of MOBIE (Ministry of Building, Innovation and Education) as well as being a well-known TV presenter and architect. MOBIE have had a significant input into the design of the course, drawing on their experiences of creating innovative and unique living spaces, with an emphasis on designs for homes of the future.

The ethos of MOBIE is about thinking differently. As George Clarke said: “Most houses are built in a fairly conventional way and MOBIE’s been set up to do something different to that.”

The course aims to address the need for significant skills within traditional and more mainstream disciplines such as building surveying, quantity surveying and construction management – which are crucial to enabling the vast majority of construction projects for the foreseeable future.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: June 2021

Sport and Exercise Science Higher National Certificate & Diploma

Passionate about a career in sport? This full-time qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in the sport industry as a Practitioner, Manager or Coach. The curriculum will develop your knowledge and understanding, opening up a broad choice of career options.

Year 1 of this two year course is studied at Level 4 (HNC). Year 2 is at Level 5 (HND).