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Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas
Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are work-related, or vocational, higher education qualifications. They are Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications respectively.
What HNCs and HNDs are
HNCs and HNDs focus on ‘learning by doing’ and give skills that you can use in a particular job. They are highly valued by employers and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.
Both qualifications are provided by further and higher education colleges. HNCs take about one year to complete full-time and two years part-time. HNDs take two years full-time and can also be taken part-time, which takes longer.
HNCs and HNDs are available in a wide range of subject areas, including:
- computing and IT
- construction and civil engineering
- health and social care
- business and management
- sport and exercise sciences
- performing arts
- retail and distribution
- hospitality management
To study for an HNC or HND, you will need some previous qualifications. Most HND courses require one A level or an equal qualification.
Applying for an HNC or HND
To apply for an HNC or HND, contact the college offering the course. Contact details and website addresses for each college can be found at the following link:
- Universities and colleges in Northern Ireland
How you are assessed
HNCs and HNDs assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks that you complete throughout the course.
If you successfully complete an HNC or HND, the grades in each subject unit are shown as:
Retakes and appeals
If you are not happy with how you did in a particular project or practical task, there are opportunities to improve your performance, so speak to your teacher or tutor.
If you are still not happy with the mark or grade you got, there are appeals procedures you can follow. Speak to your teacher or tutor for more advice.