Both a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) are classed as Higher Education courses, at Level 4 and 5, with a work-based focus. This means that you 'learn by doing', gaining the skills and knowledge you need for a particular job or industry. These qualifications are valued and recognised by employers and can count towards membership of professional bodies.
A HNC qualification is delivered at Level 4 and HNDs at Level 5. HNCs take one year to complete full-time and two years part-time. HNDs take two years to complete full-time and may also be taken part-time, which takes longer.
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A Foundation Degree is a Level 5 qualification which provided the techinical skills and academic knowledge required to progress into the workplace while also gaining a university level qualification.
Designed and delivered through a number of partnerships with universities and employers, our Foundation Degree programmes provide you with the relevant and important work skills required to succeed in the industry, usually with the opportunity to apply your learning in a real work environment.
Successful completion of a Foundation Degree can lead you to further study on a 'top-up' to an Honours Degree, which could also be delivered at Wiltshire College.