UK Degree Explanation

UK Certificate of Higher Education - HNC (QCF Level 4)

17 Jul 2019 by Admin

Description of a higher education qualification at level 4: Certificate of Higher Education

The description provided for this level of the FHEQ (The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is here below;


Certificates of Higher Education are awarded to students who have demonstrated:

  • Knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with their area(s) of study, and an ability to evaluate and interpret these within the context of that area of study
  • An ability to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, in order to develop lines of argument and make sound judgements in accordance with basic theories and concepts of their subject(s) of study.


Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to their area(s) of study and/or work
  • Communicate the results of their study/work accurately and reliably, and with structured and coherent arguments
  • Undertake further training and develop new skills within a structured and managed environment.


And holders will have:

  • The qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility.
  • Holders of a Certificate of Higher Education will have a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of a subject, and will have learned how to take different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to communicate accurately and will have the qualities needed for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility.
  • The Certificate of Higher Education may be a first step towards obtaining higher level qualifications.

Here are the titles of UK Certificate of Higher Education : Higher National Certificates (HNC), Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE)

Source: QAA (UK Quality Code for Higher Education)


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