Education is Empowering
Education is life changing and we want you to have the opportunity to reach your full potential and progress your career! Gaining higher qualifications is an amazing achievement, it is empowering, and it will stay with you throughout your life.
Discover the next step of your journey with us...
What is a HND?
A Level 5 HND is a two year course. During your first year you will study a Level 4 HNC. This can be a standalone qualification. Upon successful completion of the first year, you will then progress on to the second year to study the Level 5 HND.
A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is the equivalent to the first year of university (Level 4), and takes one year to complete. Some courses do provide the option of studying part time over two years. An HNC is one level below an HND.
Once you have completed your HNC, you can either go straight into employment or you can convert your qualification into a Higher National Diploma (HND). An HND is the next qualification level above (Level 5), and will take an additional year of study to complete. The course is equivalent to the second year at university.
The HNCs and HNDs provide the opportunity to 'top-up' your qualification at university to a full Bachelor's Degree or enter full time employment at a higher level.
Foundation Degrees usually take two years to complete and are the equivalent to the first two years of a Bachelor's Degree. Upon completion of your Foundation Degree you will have the opportunity to 'top-up' your degree with a further year of study at Boston College or at university.
The below Foundation Degrees available at Boston College are all awarded by University of Derby.
- Creative Arts (Art and Design) FdA Level 5
- Creative Arts (Fashion and Textiles) FdA Level 5
- Creative Arts (Graphic Design and Digital Design) FdA Level 5
- Creative Arts (Media and Film) FdA Level 5
- Creative Arts (Music) FdA Level 5
- Creative Arts (Performing Arts) FdA Level 5
- Creative Arts (Photography) FdA Level 5
- Children and Young People (Early Years) FdA Level 5
- Children and Young People (Teaching Assistant) FdA Level 5
- Children and Young People (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities SEND) FdA Level 5
- Sport, Fitness and Wellbeing FdSc Level 5
BA/BSc (Hons) and Top Ups
Boston College offer a full BA (Hons) as well as Top Ups in BA/BSc (Hons). Providing you the opportunity to study from Level 4 (HNC) to Level 6 (Bachelor's Degree) without moving away to university.
Certificate in Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Boston College now offer the Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) Post 14 Further Education and Skills Level 5 (Starting Now) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Post 14 Further Education and Skills Level 7 course. These courses are designed to develop outstanding teachers for the UK Further Education and Skills sector, as well as for Post-14 education in other domestic and international settings.
Need Some More Advice?
If you are unsure about which course is right for you or which path to take, Boston College Careers team are here to help. The Career Advisers offer FREE impartial Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and are available before you start to college, whilst you are studying at college and when you are ready to take the next step.
If you would like to make an appointment with one of the College's Careers Advisers, they are available by appointment at both the Boston and Spalding campuses, by either calling the College's Information Line on 01205 313218 or by email.