What is the BTEC HND?
BTEC is the acronym for “Business and Technology Education Council” (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and the same qualification in Scotland is called the “Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
HND is the acronym for “Higher National Diploma” a qualification of the United Kingdom which is also offered in Malta, Nigeria and other countries with British connections.BTECs are work related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students, built to accommodate the needs of employers and to allow progression to university. They provide a practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. BTECs can be taken as well as, or in place of, GCSEs and A Levels in schools and colleges. National Certificates/Diplomas are level 3 qualifications and whilst they have the same academic level as A Levels they offer greater opportunity for specific hands-on, work-related activity. National Diplomas are equivalent to three full A Levels and National Certificates are equivalent to two A Levels. Both Certificate and Diploma programmes normally have a short and compulsory work experience component where you are able to gain practical experience in subjects you are studying.
BTECs are recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. BTECs have been around for over 25 years and their reputation is excellent.
There are many universities which will take students who have completed their HND onto the third year of a degree course, especially in areas such as business and the second year of a computer science degree. This is often called a "top up". It also means that after three years (or four years if a business placement year is taken) a student could have both the HND and an honours degree if studying in a university in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Scottish Honours Degrees are normally four year courses, so one extra year of study will be required.