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  1. Higher National Diploma, HND(noun)

    a diploma given for vocational training that prepares the student for a career in a particular area; good students may progress to a course leading to a degree

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  1. Higher National Diploma

    A Higher National Diploma is a higher education qualification of the United Kingdom. A qualification of the same title is also offered in Malta, Nigeria, and some other countries with British ties. This qualification can be used to gain entry into universities at an advanced level, and is considered equivalent to the second year of a three year university degree course. Edexcel describes an HND as "A vocational qualification, usually studied full-time, but can be studied part-time. It is roughly equivalent to the first two years of a 3 year degree, or to the Diploma of Higher Education". In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the HND is a BTEC qualification awarded by Edexcel. In Scotland, a Higher National is awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. The attainment level is roughly equivalent to second year of university, a Diploma of Higher Education, but in some cases may be marginally below that of a bachelor's degree. An HND takes two years of full-time study, or one year full-time following successful completion of a Higher National Certificate; part-time study takes longer. In Scotland an HND is Level 8 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and in England, Wales and Northern Ireland it is Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework. It is quite common for those who have achieved an HND to add to their qualification by progressing to other levels such as professional qualifications, or a degree.


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