Learning is a crucial part of life. Students learn and study to achieve their dreams. There are a number of options for the students to study from different institutions from where they can get their degrees, diplomas, and other well-known certificate courses. Here, we shall discuss all about the HNC and HND courses.
But before going to the differences and all the comparisons let us first understand what HNC and HND are in general.
HNC: HNC is an abbreviation which stands for Higher National Certificate. This higher certificate full time course takes usually a year to complete, or it might even take two years if the student goes for a part time course. Many of the Higher National Certificate courses cover the same number of subjects and almost the same subject that are there in Higher National Diploma (HND) as well. But we must know that the Higher National Certificate course is one level below than that of aHigher National Diploma course. It is generally equivalent to the first year of study at the university.
HND: HND is the abbreviation which stands for Higher National Diploma. The full time of this course takes a student to complete it by two years, or it might even take three to four years if the student opts for a part time course. This course is a work related course that is provided by higher and further education colleges in the United Kingdom. It is generally equivalent to the two year at the university level.
There are also a number of benefits of these two certificate courses that we all should know about. Well, unlike any other degrees, these courses are vocationally focused and therefore it can also lead straight on to a good career. Apart from that, they can also be termed as a great stepping stone up to a higher education qualification for all the aspirants. This is possible as the students can choose to top up an HND or HNC course with their extra studies at a later date, so as to convert it to a full bachelor degree.
There are very good number of subjects that a student can choose from in these courses. Some of the subjects include – HNC and HND in Computing, Accounting, business and finance, business management, civil engineering, construction, electrical engineering, engineering, graphic design, management, mechanical engineering, and photography.
Both the HNC and the HND courses are highly valued as an alternative choice to university by the employers.