The Difference Between HND and Diploma in Ghana


Many students fail to understand the difference between HND and Diploma. And that’s why we are presenting this article to help you understand what HND and a Diploma are.


A Higher National Diploma is a higher education qualification issued after successful completion of a work-related course, and focuses on ‘learning by doing’, and is specially designed to equip you with specific work skills. The HND is a BTEC, or business and technology qualification.

It is a diploma qualification and is awarded in the United Kingdom by Edexcel to help students get admission into the universities. An HND programme can be completed in a full-time course after getting a higher national certificate.

An HND is the next level up and takes only two years to complete full-time HND and three to four years for part-time HND. Usually, a higher national diploma is equivalent to the second year of university.

The practical skills and knowledge acquired from an HND course can lead directly to the workplace. It acts as a stepping stone to a full degree.

You need some previous qualifications to study for an HND. Most HND courses need at least one A-level or an equivalent. There are two modules or levels of HND.

The universities take HND graduates as either into their 2nd year or 3rd year in a four-year programme course, which is often known as “top up.” After the successful completion of these 3 years, a student might have two different degrees.


HND and Honors degree. This education system is valid in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and is equal to level 5 on the national qualification framework (NQF).

If you are looking to enter real-world sectors such as hospitality, health and social care, engineering or business marketing, HND qualification will be much more beneficial than a Bachelors Degree would.

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HNDs are mostly classroom taught and are evaluated through practical tasks, projects and assignments that you complete during the course.

An HND can directly lead to a career or can be broadened through a top-up course into a full-pledged bachelors degree.


The higher education system of the United Kingdom is highly accredited globally. Vocational education helps you develop skills that will be useful to achieve career and life goals, and prove to be more beneficial than any other certificate courses.

Diploma courses equip trainee teachers to teach in a wide range of contexts including work-based learning or adult education. This qualification boosts occupational capability in teaching and combines the study of frameworks, fortifying research and theories into efficient learning and teaching along with the progress of practical teaching skills and expertise. It demands assessment and observation of performance.

Level 3 Diploma courses will help you attain an education qualification that is internationally recognized.

Diploma courses are aimed at enhancing particular knowledge and skill sets, which eventually leads to a boost in employability and career opportunities.

Diploma courses offered at MRC will help you improve your learning andteaching experience preparing you fully to enter the career in education.

The industry-focused coursework and intensive internship prospects enable students to prepare themselves with modern-day skills and talents.

A Diploma is an alternative entry path into a wide range of undergraduate full-time courses in Education and Science. It provides support to make sure you attain your academic goals. The modules in the coursework will acquaint you with the essentials of your preferred stream and will make sure you have the skills and knowledge needed to take the next key step in your higher education studies.

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These courses are meant for those who are looking to start their career, or those having entry-level roles and desiring to broaden their knowledge.

A diploma course is designed and developed to give necessary, relevant vocational, and practical skills so that the learners can perform their job roles competently and efficiently.

On successful completion of the course, leaners will have the ability and a proper understanding to adeptly, efficiently and effectively execute their work, tasks and jobs which will certainly help them gain respectable employment, upgrades and rewarding career.

Diplomas can be completed in a shorter span of time, and also it cost you less than other courses. Diploma courses help in improving practical skills while giving you flexibility in learning.


Mont Rose College offers a wide range of courses including HND and Diploma.

In a nutshell, a Higher National Diploma is the United Kingdom’s higher education qualification, which can be used to get entry into best universities at an advanced level, and is considered equivalent to second year of a three-year degree program at university, or the third year of a 4-year university programme, or in a few cases equivalent to a university degree.

HNDs are particularly designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge set for a particular field of work; they can lead directly to a career. HND qualifications can also be used to step further within your existing career to gain professional status.

Diploma Courses take usually two years to complete and are meant to help learners develop crucial engagement with key education concepts and theories.