HNDs are technical and skills-based qualifications, designed for specific types of jobs. They are the equivalent to the first two years of an honors degree and are designed to help you progress into employment.
When you join a two-year higher national programme at Northampton College you will achieve an HND in your second year of study and it will cost less than going straight to university. In many cases you can top up to convert your HND into a degree with a further year of study. So, in three years, you could achieve three qualifications: an HNC, HND and a degree for less than the cost of one.
If you are planning to start a full-time or part-time higher education course at a university or college, you will be able to apply for a student loan from the beginning of the calendar year in which your course starts.
For more information go to www.slc.co.uk