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University level qualifications explained

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Find out about University Level qualifications

Higher National Certificate and Diploma (HNC/HND)

A HNC takes one year to complete and is generally the equivalent to the first year of university. It can be used to progress to a HND. A HND is equivalent to a second year at university.

  • Creative Media Production
  • Computing
  • Construction and Built Environment
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Higher National Diploma (HND) - Level 5

An HND is equivalent to the second year of university and is a work-related course.

Foundation Degree (FdA/FdSC)

Equivalent to the first two years at University and is a combination of workplace learning and studying at college

  • Animal Related (FdS): Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Zoo Management, Equine Management, Wildlife and Conservation, Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Animal Science
  • FdA Business & Enterprise
  • FdA Children’s Development & Learning
  • FdS Counselling
  • FdA Educational Practice
  • FdA Furniture Design & Make
  • FdS Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation
Top-up BA(Hons) & BSc (Hons) Degrees
  • Animal Related BSc (Hons): Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Zoo Management, Wildlife and Conservation, Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Animal Science, Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • BA (Hons) To-up Business & Enterprise
  • BA (Hons) Education and Lifelong Learning
  • BA (Hons) Furniture Design & Make
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

The postgraduate certificate in education – or PGCE is a one- or two-year academic qualification you can achieve during your teacher training.