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HNC and HND Courses

Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas– an alternative to choice to university that’s highly valued by employers

If you know the career path you want to take and are looking to receive practical training in that field, then a HNC course or HND course could be the qualification for you.

Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas (HNCs/HNDs) are work related qualifications, usually studied full or part-time over one or two years, that focus on vocational learning to help you gain the practical training and skills you need to progress into employment or go onto study at university.

What is the difference between a HNC course and a HND course?

An HNC course is equivalent to the first year of a full Bachelor degree at University and can take between one and two years to complete, whereas an HND course is equivalent to the second year of University study and can be converted to a full bachelor’s degree by studying a one year top up course.

At North Warwickshire & Hinckley College/South Leicestershire College we offer a range of Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas (HNCs/HNDs):


HNC Courses

HNC Computing Systems Development (part-time)
HNC General Engineering (part-time)
HNC General Engineering (full-time)
HNC Policing

HND Courses

HND Media (Journalism)
HND Policing (Top Up)
HND Travel & Tourism Management (Top Up)
Financial support may be available to help cover the cost of Tuition fees. We have a dedicated guidance team who can offer free impartial advice to help you select the course that's right for your career path and support you with your application.

To find out more information about one of our HNC/HND courses:

Call 024 7624 3000 

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