HE qualifications you can do at collegePosted: 3rd of June 2015 by
You don’t have to go to university to study for HE qualifications. There are lots of higher qualifications available through further education colleges.
The types of higher qualification available that you can do at college range from Higher National Certificate (HNC) to Higher National Diploma (HND) and Foundation Degree. Find out about these below.
HNC (Higher National Certificate)
Higher National Certificates take one year to complete, full time and are considered equivalent to completing the first year of an undergraduate degree course. Though they cover many of the same subjects as the HND (see below), they are actually a level below but can be used to go on to complete a HND.
HND (Higher National Diploma)
Higher National Diplomas are considered to be roughly equivalent to the second year of a university degree and many people who complete a HND go on to complete a university degree, by-passing the first two years at university.
They are usually geared towards more vocational subjects and students studying for a HND can usually expect a more workplace-based style of learning.
Subjects offered at HND level include music production, jewellery, business and accountancy. They take two years to complete full time, unless you have completed a HNC (see above), in which case the HND takes only a year to complete.
A Foundation Degree is designed to give you basic knowledge in the subject area and most students who complete a foundation degree then go on to study for a university-based bachelor’s degree. Foundation degrees are ideal for those who wish to gain workplace-based skills while also gaining a more academic platform for their chosen career.
As with HNDs and HNCs, there are lots of vocational subjects offered at foundation level which make Foundation Degrees perfect for people who want to go into careers such as accountancy, pharmacy and town planning.
Foundation Degrees are also great for those who are unsure whether they want to commit to years of extra study. After achieving a Foundation Degree, you can choose to go on to study a BA or BSc, but it doesn’t have to be straight away. Though many students go on to top up their Foundation Degree to a full honours degree, unlike the HND a Foundation Degree is a degree in its own right.
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