Around 70% of HND diplomates enter further study, with the vast majority continuing at degree level, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency
Some jobs and careers do not require a specific degree or qualification, whereas others will have definite entry requirements. Graduate schemes and some professional bodies may require a full honours degree. Think about progression routes and whether further study will aid your career development.
Reasons to pursue further study include:
As well as full-time courses, part-time, distance and online modes of study are available. These can be a preferred method for working students, but may take longer. To find out whether flexible modes of study are offered for your subject, see individual higher education (HE) institution websites and Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) .
The main options after an HND are:
Explore different job sectors to help you decide which route to take.
You can study for a degree course at various places:
How long you study depends on a number of factors:
The credit system provides greater flexibility and easier transfer between courses and institutions; see QAA - Academic Credit in Higher Education . It is also important to check with institutions individually.
Postgraduate qualifications include postgraduate diplomas and certificates, Masters, and Doctorates. Research your options thoroughly and speak to individual HE institutions. Some postgraduate courses are flexible, and requirements can vary depending on subject, individual industrial experience and institution. For more information, see postgraduate study in the UK.
Professional qualifications are industry specific and the entry requirements vary across sectors. They are mandatory for some professions, such as chartered accountant or actuary. Certain qualifications and work experience give exemptions from some levels and exams. It is important to research the industry or job you're interested in to see if they require any professional qualifications. Find out more about professional and vocational qualifications and refer to The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils for information on the chartered institutes offering qualifications.
Funding is different across the UK and there are a number of organisations to contact:
Also see funding my further study.
With the 2012 tuition fee changes, it is important you establish how much financial support you are eligible for, if any, so you can make an informed decision, as fees can be anything up to £9,000 a year. HND students who started their course before September 2012 and who move directly onto a degree course staying on the same mode of study will be classed as continuing students and will not be charged the higher fees. Check with the university.
For undergraduate and postgraduate courses, look at the individual HE institution websites and search postgraduate funding for bursary and scholarship information.
Fees for postgraduate courses vary greatly, so check with the institution. Many students fund themselves by working while studying or through a professional and career development loan.
If you're working, employer sponsorship could be an option, especially if it forms part of the job's progression route, so speak to your boss.
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