So it’s all about choice, but how do you make the right one if you’re not sure what you want to do? We’re here to help. You can start by finding out what qualification suits you best.


Higher National Certificates concentrate on both skills and knowledge of specific industries. The content studied is very similar to a HND, but you will study fewer modules and attend college on a part time basis. Most HNCs can take you directly onto the second year of a full honours degree. They can also be used as a stepping stone to gain a managerial role or professional status within your employment.


Higher National Diplomas concentrate on both skills and knowledge of specific industries. They focus on learning by doing and can lead into a new career or help you progress in your curent line of work. Most HNDs can take you directly onto the second or third year of a full honours degree.


Foundation degrees equip learners with a combination of techincal skills and university level academic knowledge. The qualifications are specifically designed to fill skills gaps in the job market. The foundation degree is equivalent to the first two years of an undergraduate degree and can be topped up to gain a full honours degree. Due to the nature of study, you may be entitled to a student loan to support your learning.


Top-up degrees allow you to upgrade your HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification to a full honours degree. The top-up is designed to give you the knowledge and skills required for your new and exciting career in industry. Top-up degrees studied part time normally last 18 months.


A bachelor’s degree is a full undergraduate degree awarded in recognition of the recipient having completed a prescribed course involving an in-depth study of a particular subject.


A Master’s Degree is a post graduate qualification granted to individuals who have undergone study demonstrating a high-order overview of a specific field. Graduates will possess advanced knowledge of a specialised body of theoretical and applied topics.