Higher Education

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) are advanced qualifications equivalent to the first two years of study at university. Edinburgh College has agreements with many UK universities which allow you to progress to the 2nd or 3rd year of a degree course on successful completion of an HNC/D.

Start dates

August or January  (for fast-track HNDs)

Course Duration

HNC: 1 Year

HND: 2 Years

Entry Requirements           

  • 12 years of school education with good results in subjects relevant to the course you apply for             
  • IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component band, or equivalent.           
  • Students will also be required to meet us for an interview via Skype.

Fast-Track HNC/Ds

Fast Track HNC/Ds are available in some subjects for January start, allowing students to complete the course in six/eighteen months and at a reduced fee. The course is intensive as a one year course is studied in the first six months. 

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