A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a work-related course provided by higher and further education colleges in the UK. A full-time HND takes two years to complete while a part-time HND takes three to four years. Generally an HND is equivalent to the second year of university. A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is the level below an HND and takes one year to complete. It’s worth remembering that both HNC and HND qualifications can be ‘topped up’ (so if you completed an HND and wanted to upgrade your qualification to a degree, you might be able to go straight in to the final year of uni).

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Graphic Design

Graphic Design relates to things like branding, motion graphics and typography; a professional graphic designer can work either freelance or in-house for a company, designing the likes of web-pages, logos and infographics and working to ensure the quality of a company’s overall brand....

Computer Science

An HND/HNC in computer science will prepare you for a career in the IT sector, covering the basics of things like programming, computer infrastructure, and systems analysis. HND/HNC courses will likely be quite vocational in their nature...

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering concerns electronics and the application of electricity in anything from computer networks to telecommunications. An HND or HNC course will give you a grounding in the basics of electrical engineering, and will likely include a combination of work-based modules...