Foundation Degrees

Hallmark's HNC and HND programmes offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.

These qualifications have been developed in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies, businesses and universities.

As such, the qualifications are up to date with what is expected by employers and Higher Education professionals. They will develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the relevant sectors and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The HND is recognised as being equivalent to the first two years of a UK degree. HND graduates will therefore gain entry into the third and final year at a reputable university and be able to work toward obtaining a BA Honours Degree in only one further year of study.

Students who wish to complete only one year of the program will achieve a Higher National certificate which is equivalent to the first year of a university degree programme.


The objectives of the BTEC Higher Nationals are as follows:


  • to equip students with business skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global business environment.
  • to provide education and training for a range of careers in management
  • to provide insight and understanding into international business operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a globalised market place.
  • to equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values.
  • to provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in business, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in business or a related area.
  • to provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives.
  • to provide opportunities for those students with a global outlook to aspire to international career pathways.
  • to provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognised professional qualifications.
  • to offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field.
  •  to allow flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs.