HE Courses Explained

Foundation Degrees                                                                  
Foundation Degrees are designed to equip you for a particular area of work – as well as giving you the general skills that are useful in any type of job.

They’re university-level qualifications, like other degrees. But Foundation Degree courses are designed with a particular area of work in mind, with the help of employers from that sector.

Typically, you’ll get the chance to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom. And because it’s often possible to study flexibly, in a way that suits you. So whether you’re looking to change job, return to work or boost your career prospects, Foundation Degrees offer a route into higher education for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Source: http://www.direct.gov.uk      
HNCs and HNDs
HNCs (Higher National Certificates) and HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) are work-related (vocational) higher education qualifications.

While bachelors degrees tend to focus on gaining knowledge, HNCs and HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular job.

They are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas, and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.

HNCs can take one year to complete full time and two years part time (or in other situations such as distance learning). HNDs take two years full time and can also be taken part time (which takes longer).

Source: http://www.direct.gov.uk




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