Many of us choose our degrees, spend X amount of time studying for them and then get stuck on what we can do with our qualifications! It can be a tricky situation to work through, as you’ve taken your degree but are now unsure of what to do with it. There are many students who choose a broad subject area such as Business Management to give them a variety of careers to enter once they have graduated. Sure, you can put your qualification on your CV, but what can you really do with it? That’s what we’re going to be guiding you on today, what you can do after a Higher National Diploma (HND). We chose HND because it’s quite a popular qualification and there are many subject areas that you can explore.
What is a HND?
Assuming you are going to study for a HND or currently studying it, you will be pretty familiar with what a HND is. But of course, there’s no harm in writing a quick explanation.
A HND stands for Higher National Diploma and is an RQF Level 4 and 5 Qualification. It is also equivalent to the second year of a three-year degree. Higher National Diploma’s 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 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.
What are the advantages of taking a HND?
- An HND is a vocational qualification that would give you a clearer understanding of your particular subject. It will enhance your skills, knowledge and understanding of your chosen subject. This would further help you have a clear and direct path into your desired employment positions.
- You can study further at a degree course. It will help you convert your credits into a full degree course in a relevant subject. It allows entry into the 2nd or 3rd year of a university degree programme, depending upon the HND subject studied or applied for.
- 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.
Can I study further after a HND?
Yes, absolutely! The best part about taking a HND is that it is a two year vocation, which means you will be able to spend another one year topping it up, by enrolling for a Top-up degree. A Top-Up Degree is the best addition to a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree or an equivalent Level 5 qualification. In just one year, a Top-Up Degree will enable you to achieve a full BSc or BA Degree! This undergraduate course is a great way to stand out from the crowd to help attract career progression and future employers.
Can I do a Masters Degree after a HND?
In order to complete a masters degree, you will need to have a full undergraduate degree first. For example, once you have completed both your HND and Top-up qualifications, you will then have gained a full Bachelors Degree, it is then, that you will be able to apply for a Masters Degree.
What can I do with a HND?
The ultimate question! And to be honest, the choices are endless! You can choose to stick to your subject area and explore different routes in that industry, or you may choose to explore a completely different subject area. Many often take a HND to further advance their current careers or help kickstart a new career. Here are just a handful of careers that you can explore after successfully completing a HND:
- Human Resources Manager
- Digital Marketing Executive
- Business Consultant
- Project manager
- Finance manager
- Finance assistant or executive
- Business Development Manager
What HND Courses do Regent College London offer?
At Regent College London, we offer a great range of Business Related Higher National Diploma’s that are awarded by Pearson. Why not check them out below:
- HND in Business (General)
- HND in Business (Business Management)
- HND in Business (Accounting and Finance)
- HND in Business (Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management)
- HND in Business (Human Resource Management)
- HND in Business (Marketing)
- HND in Business (Operations Management)
What are the HND Entry Requirements?
The entry requirements for HND Business are as follows:
- GCSE passes at grades ‘A to C’ including English Language, and either a minimum of one A Level at grades ‘A’ to ‘E’, or a BTEC Level 3 Certificate or Diploma, or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution; or
- College-recognised certificated learning equivalent to the above. Where possible Regent College London uses the NARIC database to determine equivalents to GCSE and A level qualifications; or
- Normally, two or more years of work experience at a managerial/supervisory/admin level relevant to the programme applied for. This must be evidenced via a personal statement, work experience form and successful interview, and supported by employment reference(s) indicating the duration of employment and the role.
You may be eligible to join a HND programme if you have previous learning that satisfies the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the course you are interested in, normally with 90 credits (subject to syllabus studied previously). It is your responsibility to demonstrate this with objective evidence.
Further information on Entry Requirements can be found here.
What are the Fees HND’s?
For Regent College London, our HND in Business Fee can be found here.
How do 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.