It’s getting harder and harder to find jobs in the current economic client, and despite falling levels of unemployment in the UK, there is still a lot of competition for every job. If you’re working your way steadily up the career ladder you’re likely to have plenty of experience, and lots of training as well. This will put you in a great position for finding the job of your dreams, and help make you stand out from other applicants. |
The problems will start to arise when you’ve worked really hard for a degree, but you find haven’t got any practical experience to back up what you can do.
A higher national diploma is a qualification which can easily fit in around your life – and this can include apprenticeships or internships to get yourself experience whilst you learn. It can be used to gain entry to university without having to take foundations or first years. It’s a vocational qualification, which means it’s all about getting you trained up with real life skills which you can take into the workplace.
Higher national diploma courses are perfect for people who aren’t ready to take on a full degree, but are interested in furthering your education levels. They’re marked on a simple fail, pass, merit or distinction scale (a pass being between 40 and 60 percent), and you must achieve a minimum of a pass in each of your assignments.
A higher national diploma can show a real commitment to training and a high level of personal discipline. They take two years to complete full time, or one year if you’ve already completed a higher national certificate. You can study part time if that suits your lifestyle better (and for those studying later on they might have family or existing work commitments to balance with studying), although this will of course take longer.
Taking it further If you want for personal satisfaction, you’re finding that employers are looking for graduates, or you’re interested in studying a bit more, it’s possible to convert your higher national diploma into a degree by studying more. The HND will often allow you to enter university at the second or third year, meaning lower costs, and a strong grounding in what to expect before you make that commitment. After all, with a degree if you decide after a year that it’s not really for you, you’ll be several thousand pounds worse off with nothing to show for it.
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