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Progression from HNC/Ds to Honours Degrees: diversity, complexity and change

A report by the Learning and Skills Development Agency in association with the University of Sheffield School of Education


This research was designed to identify and investigate factors that enable smooth progression from Higher National Diplomas and Higher National Certificates (HNDs/HNCs) to Honours Degrees, and in particular to look at how lessons learnt might inform progression from Foundation Degrees (FDs).

The research was carried out during 2001-02. This was a considerable period of change, with some higher education institutions (HEIs) dropping HNC/D provision, others developing FDs, some transferring HNC/D to further education colleges (FECs), and others staying with the HNC/D qualification in certain areas of the labour market. The research therefore represents a snapshot of a particular period.

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Last updated 4 September 2003