An abbreviation for BTEC Higher National Diploma. These were meant to be the trade equivalent of a degree. In reality most students usually complete a HND (2 years) and went on to the 2nd year of a degree. I don't know if they have been replaced (see ND).

From my own personal experience I was given the opportunity to transfer in the 1st year of the HND to a degree. This is something I sorely regret as I dropped out of university and was left with no qualifications. During my time in America I had my transcripts assessed and found out that my 1st year of the HND was the only qualification accredited. Then again this would make sense since the 1st year of a degree (in Britain) does not count towards your final mark.

See Also: GCSE,ND,A Level,Technical College

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