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HND vs B.A.

Higher National Diploma and Bachelor of Arts are two different higher qualification diplomas and degrees respectively.

“HND” is acronym for “Higher National Diploma.” It is awarded in the United Kingdom. It is a diploma qualification and is used to get admission into universities. It is equal to the first and second year of a three-year degree course in a university. There are two levels or modules of HND. The universities accept students as either into their second year or third year in a four-year course. This is often called “top up.” After the three years, a student may have two different degrees: HND and Honors degree. This system is applicable in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is equivalent to level 5 on the National Qualification Framework.

The HND is a BTEC, or business and technology qualification. It is awarded by Edexcel. An HND can be completed in either a two-year, full-time course or a one-year, full-time course after acquiring the higher national certificate. After the completion of the diploma, the students can use “HND” after their names. The HND is graded as per the GNVQ. The HND in Scotland is different. It is awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. The HND is equivalent to a level 8 on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.

“B.A.” stands for “Bachelor of Arts.” It is an undergraduate course for liberal arts. It is a bachelor’s degree and takes three to four years depending upon the particular country. In European Union countries it is completed in three years. A B.A. is commonly used for the degrees; B.A. ordinary degree or B.A. (Hons).

In the U.K. and Ireland, the B.A. degree is awarded to students of liberal arts only, but in some ancient universities like Oxford and Cambridge and Dublin, the system is different. In these universities, the B.A. degree is given to students who have already completed the final examination either in arts or science.

In the United States, a B.A. stands for “Bachelor of Arts” or A.B. which stands for “Artium baccalaureus.” These are undergraduate degrees especially given to students of language, literature, math, social sciences, humanity, history, etc.

1.“HND” stands for “Higher National Diploma”; “B.A.” stands for “Bachelor of Arts.”
2.The HND is a business and technology qualification while a B.A. is an undergraduate course for liberal arts including, literature, math, social sciences, history, humanities, etc.
3.An HND can be completed in either a two-year, full-time course or a one-year, full-time course after acquiring a Higher National Certificate. A B.A. is a three- or four-year course depending upon the country.
4.An HND is basically a European diploma awarded by England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland; a B.A. is awarded in Europe, U.S., and Asia, etc.

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  1. Dear Sir / Madam,

    I hope this email finds you well. I am hoping thay you can help me with my enquiry,  I am teaching at UAE University . Now the university top management’s and  the Human Resources Department is keen to apply the governmental regulations and standards; upon the Ministerial decision regarding the obligation for all employees of higher educational institutions in the UAE to submit certified copies or equivalencies of their academic degrees, including Bachulaer degree( or equivalent depend on country of graduation ) .
    I have finished my HND from Manchester Metropolitan University in Electrical & Electronic Engineering then after several years I joind the Master Degree in signal processing Application at Bolton institute , at that time the administration asked me to do post graduates certificate then Post gratuate diploma then finish off the Master Degree.

     Now the question by the Minstry of Education here in UAE is that does my HND,  post graduate Certificate and past graduate Diploma are equivlant to a “Bachulaer Degree”? This is a very important to my contract , if it does then I am in the safe side ,  if it doesn’t then my contract will be terminated  straight away. Please find me the official answer so I could submitted to both , the University Human Resources Department as well as the ministery of Education .

    I truly appreciate your kind cooperation and I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind Regards
    Haydar Hassan  

  2. Hye, so i want to ask some questions regarding this topics, i just graduated and wanted to get into the university, but im kinda confused and didn’t know how to differentiate these 2 . I applied for HnD in criminal justice system, is it possible for me to apply eventhought im undergraduate ? Ive read some other sources saying that HnD is equivalent to Bachelors Degree. I really need your help, thank you. Ps:the education system in Brunei is a bit different so it might not be the same as westerns.

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