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Higher National Diploma in Business is a level 5 accredited programme in the UK and internationally recognized. It has 15 courses and equivalent to the first two years of a degree. With one additional year of study at a UK University it can become a BA Honours Degree. HND has transferable credits of a minimum of 240.

This qualification is categorized under a ‘General’ pathway, which allows students to complete the Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will develop a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will learn to apply those principles more widely. They will learn how to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems, will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

The Diploma is recognized and validated in Sweden. It is equal to a Vocational Degree (Yrkeshögskoleexamen) under Post-secondary vocational education (Eftergymnasial yrkesutbildning).

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognized by Higher Education providers as meeting the admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Business and Management
  • BA and BSc (Hons) in Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) in International Management.

Many universities allow advanced entry onto the second or third year of a degree. Some universities have direct articulations on to the second or third year of a bachelor’s degree programme with Higher Nationals. Students should be aware that university admission criteria is always subject to change and understand the course entry requirements for subject, year and grade before applying.

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers. After completing a Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment.

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • Students must be over 18 years of age.
  • A Level 3 qualification in Business or an international equivalent.

The qualification is wholly in English language. Students should demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to one of the identified levels below:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5
  • or equivalent.

The registration will be valid for 24 months, but student may complete the Certificate in less than two years.

Registration process:

  • Students should fill in an application and provide us with correct information about themselves.
  • A proof of identity must be submitted with the application.
  • Student should also submit a scan of recent education certificate and an evidence to English level.
  • After approval, students can make payments and start the learning.

During the units/courses students should work on assignments and submit them with a given date/duration. They can submit a draft and receive early feedback from instructors. Upon final submission, instructors will validate the work and give the final grade.

  • The assessment criteria is based on three grades (Pass, Merit and Distinction).
  • No examination.
  • Student should Pass all courses assignments related to the qualification.

The qualification units/courses are designed as a self-study learning. It is delivered via an Online Social Learning Platform called NG Education.

Study materials consist of self-study reading-texts, activities, case-studies, interactive quizzes and assignments. All materials are available online.

Assignments are available and managed online. Students will be given enough time to work on them and submit a draft for early feedback from the instructors.

Instructors are also available online to guide and help students with the course via the Social Learning Platform. Students can ask and discuss questions through different methods, like using chat, forums, discussion sections or even direct contact with instructors.

Students willing to study the Higher National Diploma should pay a registration fee first then they can pay for the courses listed under the Diploma. The registration fee is valid for two year and if students couldn’t complete the study on time they can extend for another year by paying a reduced fees (about 100$).

The Diploma has 15 main courses and a fee for each course should be paid before being able to attend the lessons or have access to its materials and contents. The courses fees are written under each course.

The total fee for the HND is: 5,100$

* The Diploma courses price may vary depending on the method of delivery and the course subject.
* Note that prices don’t include VAT. Additional fee might be applied at checkout.

You can follow the listed pages to read more details related to BTEC Higher National Qualifications


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