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HND vs Foundation Degree: Which one is for you?

When it comes to choosing a qualification, many people weigh out the advantages and disadvantages of each course and subject. Today, we’re going to do exactly that, we’re going to be giving you an insight into two different types of qualifications; HNDs and FdSc’s. We’ll be taking a look at what exactly a HND and Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) entails and how they can both benefit you.
HND vs Foundation Degree: Which one is for you

What’s a HND?

Kicking things off with HND’s, and what are they? You probably know what a HND is, but to put it short, HND stands for Higher National Diploma. HNDs are work-related, or vocational, higher education qualifications. HND is a higher education qualification of United Kingdom, which can be used to enrol into universities at an advanced level. A Higher National Diploma is equivalent to the second year of a three year degree and is an RQF Level 4 and 5 Course.

A HND qualification will allow you to further progress your studies as you can go onto study a Top-up degree too! A Top-up degree allows you to achieve a full Bachelor’s degree with one additional year of study. Regent College London offers HNDs in Business and are sure to help further your interest in the ever-changing world of Business.

HNDs are designed to help prepare you for the world of work, which is why this qualification is very much valued by employers. HNDs are available in the UK and in other countries too, although they have different entry requirements, they remain a great qualification to achieve and are a globally recognised qualification.

What are the benefits of a HND?

There are quite a few benefits of taking a Higher National Diploma, a few include:

  • As a HND offers a direct route into your career, you will be able to gain a good amount of valuable skills, knowledge and understanding needed for your career path.
  • With a HND, you will be able to Top-up your degree and gain a complete Level 6 qualification. A Top-up degree allows you to achieve a full Bachelor’s degree with one additional year of study. Regent College London offers HNDs in Business and are sure to help further your interest in the ever-changing world of Business.
  • A HND is a great qualification for those who aren’t suitable for a traditional 3 Year Bachelor’s Degree Programme. This allows a different route to gain a Level 6 Qualification.
  • HND’s tend to be assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks that you complete throughout the course.

What is a Foundation Degree?

Now onto Foundation Degrees and again, let’s start off with the basic, what is a Foundation Degree? A Foundation Degree is a two-year stand-alone qualification in its own right. Depending on the course subject you choose to study, you can expect to cover a range of modules. You may also be asking what level is a Foundation Degree equivalent to? This type of qualification is equivalent to two-thirds of a Bachelor’s degree, and a Higher National Diploma (HND): Level 4 and 5. If you choose to study further to gain a full Bachelor’s degree, a Top-up Degree will then provide you with a Level 6 Qualification, which equals to a full Bachelor’s Degree.

What are the benefits of taking a Foundation Degree?

A Foundation Degree can have many benefits such as:

  • Specialise in your chosen field: When you take a specialist Foundation Degree, you are able to gain and maximise on your subject area within your career. For example, if you look to take a Business Management Foundation Degree, you will then gain a great amount of knowledge within Business Management and can build on that whilst you advance in your professional life.
  • Gain Academic Skills: Not only are you able to gain professional skills but strengthen your academic skills too. The modules you cover will help you learn about project handling, time management, develop research skills and much more. These particular skills can also help you in your day-to-day life.
  • Experienced Academic Team: When you take your Foundation Degree at Regent College London, you will be taught by some of the best tutors in the education sector. As our class sizes are small, they are able to offer 1-2-1 help and advice when needed.
  • Study Further: One of the best things about taking a Foundation Degree is that you are able to study one step further and complete a full Bachelor’s Degree. When you qualify with your Foundation Degree, you can study for a Top-up Degree and gain a full Level 6 qualification, which will also prove advantageous in your career.

Although both qualifications are great to put on your CV, it might help scanning through the table below which highlights a few factors of each:

Factor Higher National Diploma (HND) Foundation Degree
Level of Qualification Level 4 and 5 A standalone qualification
Equivalent to Second year of a three year degree Two thirds of a Bachelor’s Degree
Duration 2 Years if studied full time or 4 years if studied part time Two Years
Assessment Method Assignments, Coursework and Controlled assessments Assessment tasks are linked to the learning outcomes of each module and are completed before the end of the module. Module assessments are typically either coursework or examination or a combination of both. Other types of assessment may include in-class tests, coursework assignments, presentations, projects.
Cost £8,000 per year (Home fee) £9,250 per year

What are the Entry Requirements?

The entry requirements differ for each course, all the details for each qualification can be found within each course subject in the links below:

How can I apply?

Each of our courses have different entry requirements and a different admission process. We encourage you to look at our course pages and the How to apply section for detailed information. From choosing your desired course, writing your personal statement and submitting the application, you can count on our friendly Recruitment Team for help and guidance at every step of the way. Get in touch to make an initial appointment to discuss your situation.