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A Higher National Certificate (HNC), part of the
Higher Nationals Higher Nationals are a suite of internationally-recognised higher education qualifications at level 4 Higher National Certificate, (HNC) and 5 (Higher National Diploma, HND) that are equivalent to the first and second years of a university Bachelo ...
suite of qualifications, is a
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further education Further education (often abbreviated FE) in the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usage is mixed. The Guardian' and Telegraph' use Britain as a s ...
qualification in the
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England
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Northern Ireland
, the HNC is a BTEC qualification awarded by
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Scotland
, an HNC is a '' Higher National'' awarded by the
Scottish Qualifications Authority The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA; : ''Ùghdarras Theisteanas na h-Alba'') is the of the responsible for accrediting educational awards. It is partly funded by the of the , and employs approximately 750 staff based in and . SQA i ...
. The attainment level of the qualification is roughly equivalent to 6th year at school, or one year of
university A university () is an educational institution, institution of higher education, higher (or Tertiary education, tertiary) education and research which awards academic degrees in several Discipline (academia), academic disciplines. Universities typ ...

university
in Scotland, and a
Certificate of Higher Education A Certificate of Higher Education (Cert.H.E./CertHE) is a higher education professional certification, qualification in the United Kingdom. Overview The Certificate is awarded after one year of full-time study (or equivalent) at a university or oth ...
but being less extensive than that of a
Higher National Diploma Higher National Diploma (HND), part of the Higher Nationals Higher Nationals are a suite of internationally-recognised higher education qualifications at level 4 Higher National Certificate, (HNC) and 5 (Higher National Diploma, HND) that are eq ...
(HND). Studied full-time, the qualification normally takes one year or two years part-time. Many HNCs cover the same areas as an HND and it is often possible to complete an HND with one year full-time study after successfully completing the HNC. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an HNC (previously a level 5 qualification) is now Level 4 on the
Regulated Qualifications Framework The national qualification frameworks in the United Kingdom are qualifications frameworks that define and link the levels and credit values of different qualifications. The current frameworks are: * The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for ...
. Ireland, an HNC is considered roughly equivalent to a
FETAC The Further Education and Training Awards Council ( ga, Comhairle na nDámhachtainí Breisoideachais agus Oiliúna) or FETAC was a statute, statutory qualification-awarding body for further education in Republic of Ireland, Ireland. It was establ ...
level 6 Advanced Certificate – as both contain at least 8 modules/units at IRL level 6 (UK level 4) In Scotland, an HNC is Level 7 on the
Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework #REDIRECT Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is the national credit transfer system for all levels of qualifications in Scotland. The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework ...
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Directgov: Higher National Certificates and Higher National DiplomasHigher National Awards (Engineering Council)
{{National Qualifications Framework Educational qualifications in the United Kingdom