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An HNC takes one year to complete and is generally equivalent to the first year of university. It can be used to progress to a Higher National Diploma (HND).
An HND is equivalent to the second year of university and is a work-related course.
A Foundation Degree is the equivalent to the first two years at university and is a combination of workplace learning and studying at college.
They are usually offered full-time over two years and part-time over three years. In many cases, you will be allowed to continue studying on completion of your foundation degree to achieve a full honours degree.
Foundation Degrees combine work-based learning with academic study. Attendance at college can vary
from one to four days a week, depending on the mode of study and your chosen programme. This
means a Foundation Degree allows you to combine work and study, so you can earn while you learn.
This is the most common type of university degree, taking three to four years to complete on a full-time basis. Foundation Degrees and HNDs can lead on to Bachelor Degree courses.
The postgraduate certificate in education – or PGCE is a one- or two-year academic qualification you can achieve during your teacher training.
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