HND Printing candidate information

HND Printing

The HND Printing provides you with the knowledge and skills you will need if you intend to make a career in the printing and related industries. The first year offers you the opportunity to specialise in Print administration, Bookbinding and Lithographic printing. The second year concentrates on a variety of management roles within the printing industry.

The main topics of study include: printing production processes; digital workflows; offset lithographic printing; print finishing processes; fine bookbinding; quality management systems; information technology and desktop publishing; printing industry estimating, costing and financial management; computerised management information systems.

You will also have opportunities to develop your skills in: organising, communicating, information collection and research, logical and analytical thinking, decision making, problem solving, co-operating with others (teamworking), and vocational adaptability.

Employment and progression opportunities

Having completed the HND in Printing, you could seek employment as a print manager, print estimator, or print sales administrator.

You could follow an agreed progression route to Year 2 of one of these degree programmes at the University of Paisley: BA Business; BA Marketing; BA Information Management; or BA Human Resource Management (this depends on the optional Units you choose for your HND).

There are also opportunities to progress to the second or third year of a degree course at other universities. You should consult each institution about its entry requirements.


While entry will be at the discretion of the centre, it will be beneficial if you have some previous experience of printing or a related area. This could be evidenced by one or a combination of the following:

  • A locally-devised National Certificate in printing, screen printing, graphics or equivalent or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6
  • Work experience in the printing industry or a related industry
  • NVQ/SVQ in Printing or a related area at level 3
  • Two Highers at C or above
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages at an appropriate level (if English is not your first language)

Equivalent qualifications from other countries may be acceptable for entry, provided the competences can be identified and are appropriate.