HNC and HND courses

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What are they?

HNCs and HNDs are Higher National qualifications awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and often form the first part of a degree programme.

There are flexible part-time study options so you can fit them around your current job or family time without needing to travel.

Why choose an HNC or HND?

If you want to take the first steps into higher education while keeping your career options open then an HNC or HND is ideal.

  • You will only study for one year and you’ll gain a valuable qualification at the end
  • You can top up your qualification to degree level – in fact an HNC or HND can be a fast track option to get into the second or third year of a degree.
  • Employers really value them. These courses are specifically designed to lead into careers – giving you both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that businesses are looking for.
  • You can study many of our courses close to home in one of our college centres with knowledgeable local staff to support you.
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How will I pay for my course?

Most students don't have to pay for the cost of their course if studying an HNC or HND for the first time. The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) has different funding options for full-time study and part-time study so check your eligibility. You must still apply to SAAS to get your tuition fees paid even if you are not applying for any other type of support.

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How will I study?

Our full time and part time courses are a blend of weekly timetabled learning usually with your lecturer in your class group and flexible personal study which you can fit in around your other commitments.

Some of our HNCs and HNDs can be studied online or in any of our college centres, while some subjects such as Contemporary Art Practice or Textiles will include use of our purpose built studio.