What is a HNC/D?

A Higher National Certificate/Diploma is a career-related course, available across a number of subject areas. Generally, a HNC is the equivalent of one year at University,  while a HND is the same as two. The difference is you won’t have the expense of University, and you can study locally!

What are the benefits of doing an undergraduate qualification?

Not only can an HNC/D help you climb the career ladder quicker and improve your job prospects, it is a well cited statistic that graduates can expect to earn £100,000+ more over their lifetimes than someone who didn’t go to university.

Is funding available?

Yes! HE Loans are available. To apply for a HE Loan, please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Is there an opportunity for me to take on a qualification flexibly?

At ARC we offer flexible learning for our HNC/D students, meaning you can still gain a nationally recognised higher level qualification, while maintaining other work and personal commitments. You may be able to study from the comforts of your home, with full support from expert tutors. Students in work may also be able to do the HNC as part of a higher Apprenticeship, at no cost to themselves.


What qualifications/skills are needed to start an HNC/D?

Prior qualifications are not always necessary for candidates with relevant experience.