Higher Education

HND's at Morley College London. APPLY NOW!

Applications are now open for HND courses starting in Autumn 2019!

HNDs are two-year higher qualifications that are equivalent to the first two years of university, but they’re taught over just three days per week and have much lower fees. They’re a great option if you want to go further in your study and improve your career prospects but are worried about the expense or time commitment of doing a full degree. They’re recognised professional qualifications and our courses are designed to give you the practical work skills you’ll need to build your career, so you could look for work once you graduate. Or if you want to continue your study even further, many UK universities offer top-up degree programmes for HND graduates.

Download our Higher Education Guide 18/19

For more information, why not come along to one of our Higher Education open days? Visit our Events and Open Days page for more details.

What is a Higher National Diploma (HND)?

HNDs are work related or ‘vocational’ qualifications.  They focus on helping you to develop the higher level practical skills that you will need to work in a specific industry.  Our HNDs are taught by staff who are both industry specialists and academics.  They will help you to develop these skills meaning that you will be ready to go straight into work once you have completed the course. 


HNDs are recognised by both employers and universities.  Employers have been involved in the process of developing each HND so you can be sure that the skills that you learn will be the skills that employers need.  Some HNDs will also enable you to work towards gaining membership of professional bodies once complete. 

They are also recognised by universities as a route into degree programmes.  The second year of an HND programme is approximately equivalent to year two of a degree so you may be able to progress to the ­­third year of a degree once completed.  As well as developing practical work related skills you will also learn the academic skills that will help you to succeed at university including research skills and higher level study skills.  With an HND you have the best of both worlds. 


HNDs are a cost effective route into higher education and if you are thinking of progressing to university the first two years of study will cost significantly less than the first two years at university.  Studying at Morley could be £3000 a year cheaper, with many degree programmes costing £9000 a year. 


Student loans for Higher Education courses are available for more than just full university degrees – they're also valid for our HNDs. These loans will cover the cost of your tuition fees, and a means-tested maintenance loan is also available to help cover your living costs. The loan does not become repayable until you start earning over £21,000 per year.

For full details on the HE student loan, visit the government’s information page here: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are more flexible than entry requirements for degrees and this is ideal for anyone who wants to enter higher education from a non-traditional route.  If you have experience from voluntary or paid work (or even a passion or hobby) this could all count as experience.  Get in touch if you need advice. 

Why Study at Morley?

  • We are one of the UK’s leading centres for adult education
  • We have a reputation for excellence in music and the visual arts
  • Retaining highly skilled, passionate and innovative staff has been a hallmark of Morley's history
  • There is an exceptional range of enrichment opportunities for students
  • We are ranked 2nd in London Colleges for student satisfaction in the FE choice 15/16 study
  • 96% of students would recommend the college to friends or family
  • The College is located in Central London, close to Waterloo, Lambeth North and Elephant and Castle stations.