Higher National Diploma (HND)

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Edexcel International

The UK’s Largest Awarding Body, offering internationally recognized and respected qualifications.
NICON Group of Colleges is BTEC approved Center vide center No. 75885, offering qualifications through Edexcel by using any of the following modes of delivering instruction;

  • Traditional Classroom teaching
  • Open Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • OR a combination of the above.

NICON Group of Colleges proudly offers Qualifications in Pakistan HEC Recognized.

NICON Group of Colleges is an approved centre of Edexcel UK vide centre registration number 75885. Edexcel is the largest UK’s awarding body offering BTEC qualifications including certificate, diploma and higher national qualifications i.e. HND (Higher National Diploma)
If you want to go on to higher education and gain a recognized qualification to do a specific job, a BTEC HND could be for you.
HNDs focus on ‘learning by doing’ and can lead into a new career, or help you progress in your current line of work. Usually, HNDs are of two years qualifications. NICON Group of Colleges can deliver Edexcel BTEC qualifications instructions through several modes including: Traditional class room teaching, Open learning or through Distance learning). For HNDs 16 units to be completed.
BTEC HND is pre degree, professional qualification awarded by Edexcel International, UK. It is a prestigious vocational qualification at global level, preparing students for both Degree education and Employment. The students willing to obtain their degrees can get admissions to the 3rd year of B.Sc. or B.Eng. in more than 100 universities in U.K., U.S.A., Etc.


BTEC Higher Nationals offer a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in business sectors. Students are attracted to these strong educational / vocational programs of study that meets their individual progression needs whether this is into employment or to further study on degree or professional courses.
There’s a wide range of Higher National Diploma subjects, including Business, Management, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Computing, Business Information Technology, Telecommunications and Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Whatever your particular educational / vocational interest, you are likely to find a Higher National Diploma that covers it!


HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) are work-related (vocational) higher education qualifications. While bachelor’s degrees tend to focus on gaining knowledge. HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular job.
They are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas, and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organizations as can be found on the Edexcel website.
HNDs are provided by over 400 higher education colleges and further education colleges in the UK and overseas through approved registered centers.
HNDs take two years full time and can also be taken part time (which takes longer).
HNDs are at level 5 on the UK’s National Qualifications Framework. The framework shows how different types of qualifications compare, in terms of the demands they place on learners.

Who Can Take Them

To study for an HND, you will need Intermediate qualification. Most HND courses require one A level (or equivalent)

How Are You Assessed?

HNDs are mainly assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks that you complete throughout the course. If you successfully complete an HND, the grades in each subject unit are shown as

  • Pass 40% – 60%
  • Merit 60% – 70%
  • Distinction 70% +


If you are not happy with how you did in a particular project or practical task, there are opportunities to improve your performance. Speak to your teacher or tutor in the first instance at NICON


If you are still not happy with the mark or grade you got, there are appeals procedures you can follow. Again, speak to your teacher or tutor for more advice at NICON.