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More about HNDs

A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a work-focused qualification. It takes into consideration the specific field you want to study, which is resonated in the study content.

HNDs and the new alternatives

For a number of years we offered access to HNC and HNDs studied by online distance learning, but we are now focusing on offering a wider selection of entry points and ways to access Higher Education.


See below for options to begin your studies at degree level.

You could be eligible for a full degree instead

Non-Standard Entry means you could be eligible to begin your degree, a degree top-up or an MBA or Masters if you don’t have the formal qualifications required.

Did you know that you can apply for a degree based on your work experience? We would typically require 2+ years’ experience, a reference and a personal statement for entry.

For an MBA, the work experience simply increases to 5+ years!


So please contact us today or visit our entry requirements page and you may be surprised at what course you can begin this year.

Foundation years available at our Arden University London Campus?

We offer a foundation year of study through its London Campus degree courses. If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

It effectively creates a 4 year degree route for people who don’t meet the degree entry requirements straightaway or need more support from the start.

If you are interested in studying in London and prefer face-to-face tuition, you can read more about studying by blended learning.


New courses available soon

We want everyone, everywhere to be able to benefit from, and access high quality Higher Education. We have exciting plans for new courses in 2017 so join our mailing list to keep in touch.


I left school early and not with all of my GCSEs, and went straight into the world of work. I soon realised that I was stuck in dead end jobs and needed to do something else to shine. I looked for degrees online and found RDI – at the moment...

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HND - United Kingdom


studying Higher Education in the UK.

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students studying UK higher education by distance learning

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Take your next steps

Take the next steps towards getting your qualification by applying online or calling us today.

Speak to the admissions team

+44 (0)24 765 15709 or 0800 268 7737