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Different types of degrees

University-level (higher education) programmes are Level 4 and upwards.

Qualifications are accredited and awarded either by universities (foundation/honours degrees) or by Edexcel (HNC/HND). 

We run the following types of programme across our group of colleges:

  • HNC
  • HND
  • foundation degree
  • honours degree
  • PGCE

Here is a short glossary explaining the different types of higher education/university-level programmes. It will help you to choose an appropriate programme for your studies.

HNC Level 4

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a one-year course which teaches skills for specific jobs/careers, and can be put towards a full honours degree.

HND Level 5

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a two-year course which teaches skills for specific jobs/careers, and can be put towards a full honours degree.

Foundation degree Level 5

A foundation degree (Fd) is academic study with a work-based element, equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. Students can do an additional (third) year of study and convert it to an honours degree. Foundation degrees are awarded in the arts and humanities (FdA) and the natural sciences (FdSc)

Honours degree Level 6

Our honours degree (BA Hons) programmes enable students who have already achieved a foundation degree to top-up to a full honours degree.

PGCE Level 6 and Level 7

The PGCE is a qualification for teaching in the post-compulsory education sector. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is Level 6. The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is Level 7. Candidates can progress through from Level 6 to Level 7.