As an employer why should I be interested in Higher National qualifications?

Do you struggle to get staff with the right skills?

Whilst you will have heard of HNCs and HNDs, are you really aware of the skills a contemporary HN graduate can bring to your organisation?

What are Higher National qualifications

There are two types, Higher National Certificates (HNCs) at SCQF Level 7 and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) at SCQF Level 8.

They are developed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in partnership with Scottish colleges, universities, industry and commerce.

They focus on different occupational areas and prepare people with the knowledge and some experience to work in these areas.

There are 249 HN Courses covering subject areas from the more traditional - accounting, business administration, childcare, computing, engineering, hospitality – to the newer – creative industries, paralegal, sports and leisure.

We meet standards and are professionally recognised

The qualifications meet the applicable National Occupational Standards. In many areas, HN graduates can then gain entry to relevant industry bodies.

What do I gain by employing an HN graduate?

  • A more rounded employee ready to hit the ground running.
  • They will understand the practical side of the job.
  • Be able to demonstrate analytical, logic and systematic approach skills.

What do I do if I want to know more?

HN qualification can also work for staff development. Further information is available from your nearest college or from Leardirect Scotland for business.