Higher Level Skills

Higher Level qualifications

A guide to Higher Level qualifications

Higher National Diploma

For those students wanting a practical route to the workplace Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are work related Higher Education qualifications. While degrees tend to focus on gaining knowledge, HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular job. They are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas. Because HNDs are designed to give you the skills for a particular field of work, they can lead straight to a career.

You can often go on from an HND to study a degree as they are the equivalent of one or two years of university study. So completing a HND can allow entry into the second or third year of a bachelor’s degree, dependent on the course.

Higher Apprenticeships

A great alternative to university which offer training up to degree level with both on and off the job training options. Higher apprenticeships are available in a range of subjects.

Foundation Degrees

These are equivalent to the first two years of a university bachelor’s degree and are more practical than traditional degree programmes.
Our Foundation Degrees are run in conjunction with a variety of HE institutes including universities of Bolton, Derby and Hertfordshire and if you successfully
complete the Foundation Degree course and achieve good grades, you may progress onto a third year with this or other institutions to top up your Foundation
Degree to a full honours degree. Alternatively, you could progress on to further professional qualifications, or use the Foundation Degree to change or further your current career

Honours Degree

This is a grading classification in the UK that distinguishes achievements of undergraduate students. A degree with honours denotes a degree in a given subject that requires a higher level of academic learning and achievement.