Study Options - HND
What does a HND involve?
As with all courses of study the final year can be more difficult. The results attained in the first and second year modules of a HND course can be used to determine whether you have the ability required to move on to the degree course following the publication of final results.
The work undertaken is likely to be significantly based on practical and quite often involves a , which you will be marked on collectively and as an individual.
What is a part time HND?
The HND grading system
To many students the HND grading scheme will appear quite different to what you may be used to; particularly if you have taken a HND after studying . The manner in which grades are awarded is shown in the table below:
You must achieve at least a minimum of a Pass grade in all assignments.
HND - The associated advantages
- The HND safety net - Rather than going straight onto a course students often choose to complete a HND course first. The advantage of this is that if you went straight into a degree course and were unsuccessful you would leave without any . However, successfully completing a HND course first will ensure that you have a qualification to fall back on.
- Experience & familiarity - Successfully completing a HND course before undertaking a degree means that you will already have two years experience of life. Also you will have an excellent familiarity of your University in terms of resources, and other students. In your two years of study you will have also become more confident and comfortable with your chosen subject, and consequently developed an interest for further study.
- HND courses are Vocational - The HND course that you have decided to undertake will undoubtedly be geared towards the occupation that you wish to do subsequent to studying at University.
- Key skills - The units of which the HND course is comprised cover all the key skills that you will need when you eventually look for work. Namely working as an individual, working within a team environment as well as completing both written and oral .
HND - The associated disadvantages
- - The HND course is run by the University but is provided by the , thus there is an additional registration fee on top of the that you will pay. You must pay this registration fee direct to your University and they will pass it on to the BTEC group.
- Books - As stated earlier the HND course is comprised of sixteen units, many of which will be separate topics of study and may or may not each require their own .
In what situation is a HND the most suitable choice?
What will you achieve at the end of a HND course?
Life after the HND
Top-up degree - The is a fast track onto the degree, whereby the student must complete a further eight units in order to achieve a degree . The units that comprise the top-up degree will be more involved and complicated, and you may also find that the ratio of a unit consisting of coursework decreases dramatically.
Successfully completing a HND does not guarantee entry on to the top-up degree course. Whether or not you can progress to the top-up degree rests with the agreeing that you are able to cope with the extra work.
As with any course of study you will need to consider all of the above mentioned areas before reaching an informed decision that is right for you!