Making Decisions about your Higher Education…
Are you considering higher education but unsure of which route to take? If so, keep reading for a point in the right direction… We hope to help you on your way to making the right decision for you and your future. You may want to continue education but you’re not sure that university is quite what you fancy or it may be that you wish to continue education but aren’t sure how it would fit around your existing commitments. If this is the case, you may wish to consider a BTEC HND. Have a read below for more information…
What Is a BTEC HND?
Just in case you’re wondering, HND stands for Higher National Diploma. It is a practical vocational course usually offered by colleges and some universities.
HNDs are typically offered in more practical subjects rather than the traditional academic subjects. For example, subjects commonly offered for a HND include tourism and hospitality, business management, computing, and health and social care as opposed to subjects such as maths and science.
What Is a Higher National Diploma Equivalent To?
A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 5 qualification and is the equivalent to a foundation degree (basically the first two years of a degree course).
How Does It Differ from a Degree?
The first obvious difference is that a degree takes three years whereas a HND can be completed in two years.
HNDs tend to be highly practical, and a large emphasis is placed on gaining experience through the completion of work placements and through applying learning rather than merely studying theories. Accreditation is more focused on continuous coursework than an end of year examination.
HNDs are also typically more specialised and less generic, compared to degree courses, when it comes to the skills learned. Degrees aim to provide students with general skills within a subject area that can be applied across a vast array of sectors. For example, they may teach how to research topics and write essays. HNDs focus on more specific skills designed to equip you with the capability to go and work within your chosen sector.
Another noticeable difference is the style in which the qualification is taught. A degree tends to be taught more formally with a lecturer at the front lecturing the students with little interaction. A HND is far more relaxed, interactive and tends to be taught by a teacher who interacts with the students in a classroom setting as opposed to a lecture theatre. There is also more interaction between students on a HND course.
Benefits of a HND
The main benefit of a HND is that it gives students real life work experience. In fact, some modules are based on that real life experience and that is where the credit is achieved for that module. This experience is invaluable when it comes to applying for jobs as the experience and learning gained from working will give you more to draw upon in both applications and interviews.
Another benefit is the fact that a HND is shorter in nature than a degree so you will be able to complete it quicker. This means you will have a recognised qualification a year quicker than a degree and be able to apply for jobs faster. Put it simply, and you can earn money sooner! It also offers the flexibility to maintain a job or family life whilst studying.
Overall, a HND gives you options. Once completed, you will have the specific skills necessary to pursue a career in your chosen area but you will also have a flavour of further education study. This means you can top your HND up by completing either a year in some cases or two years in others and get a fully fledged degree or join the world of work. Essentially, by studying a HND you get the best of both worlds.
Why Study at UKCBC?
UKCBC has five modern campuses located across both London and Essex. All our campuses are conveniently located within minutes of transport hubs making your commute that little bit easier.
All campuses are regularly updated to keep in line with the most modern technology. Having fully equipped campuses enables you to study in an environment you are comfortable with, confident that the resources you require are all within reach. This allows you to focus 100% on your studies.
We aim to give students a great experience, so we have invested significantly into our facilities. Students can use the facilities to catch up on reading, doing assignments, socialise with other students, grab a bite to eat or relax in the student common area.
We offer flexible learning for all students ranging from online e-learning to class schedules, which incorporate both morning and evening classes, allowing you to study at a time that suits you rather than living around your study.
UKCBC also recognise that teachers make a difference. All of our teachers are experts in their related subjects and are extremely personable so you can always ask questions should you need to. We also have personal tutors who can help you throughout your course.
As you can see, studying a BTEC HND is now very much a real alternative to a degree. It gives you the option to continue further study should you wish to, but it also equips you with real life skills that can help you get a job if that’s the route you want to take.
All of this is cultivated in a relaxed and friendly environment designed to make studying as enjoyable as possible. If this sounds of interest to you, check out the HND courses we offer on our website and should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.