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Higher National Certificates and Diplomas

Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Diplomas (HNDs) are vocational qualifications designed to equip individuals with practical skills and knowledge necessary for specific job roles.

Stepping stones to skilled careers

HNCs and HNDs are nationally recognised qualifications offering career progression and professional development. Both provide a more practical approach, focusing on job-specific skills for quicker entry into the workforce. HNCs are equivalent to the first year of a university degree, while HNDs are equivalent to completing the first two years. UCP offer both HNDs and HNCs as part-time courses.

Who are HNCs and HNDs for?

School Leavers

Those who are looking for an alternative pathway to a traditional university degree. HNCs and HNDs offer a quicker route to entering a skilled profession.

Career Changers 

Individuals looking for a career change may find HNCs and HNDs fit their needs better, than starting a whole new degree.

Upskill / Retrain

People with prior experience may want to update their knowledge and gain a better understanding the current knowledge and expectations of the industry they work in.

What are the benefits of HNCs and HNDs?

Quicker Completion

Both offer a faster route to entering the workforce compared to a university degree. HNCs only take a year to complete. HNDs only take two years to complete.

Cost Effective

Dues to the shorter duration, HNCs and HNDs are less expensive than university degrees. There are also student loan options available. For more information click here.

Industry Recognition

HNCs and HNDs were developed in collaboration with industry experts. They are valued qualifications that have increasingly become sought after by many employers.

Hands-On Learning Approach

Individuals who prefer a more hands-on learning approach with less emphasis on theory and more on practical applications are more likely to enjoy HNCs and HNDs.

Why do employers value HNCs/HNDs?

HNCs and HNDs are designed in collaboration with industry experts, ensuring graduates possess the specific skills and knowledge needed for the job. By prioritising practical skills, graduates come equipped with the ability to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

HNCs and HNDs are assessed in a number of ways. This can include coursework, practical projects, exams and in some cases workplace placements.

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