Higher National Diploma is level 5 accredited Diploma 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 a Level 5 Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility to providers and students. Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will 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 computing-related courses, for example:
BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
BA and BSc (Hons) in Computer Studies
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.
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).
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 afee 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 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.