grixit wrote:So it's like in the US when a high school student takes AP (Advance Placement) courses? That's pretty meaningless if you don't finish college.
It's so meaningless that we don't even have an equivalent here in Canada. Go to university or don't go. We don't have a useless degree that shows you started but didn't finish.
Quite the opposite. An HND proves you have
finished college... Repeatedly.
If memory serves the order of achievement is Ordinary National Cerificate, Higher National Certificate, Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma. Being vocational qualifications they are usually studied part time and each one can take years of study to achieve.
An HND is most definitely not
a failed degree. It's an entirely separate qualification of roughly similar academic status as a bachelor degree and a damned sight more use to a 'tradesman'. For a job that requires practical skill an HND will trump a degree almost every time. You can get a degree in electrical engineering and still not know how to wire a plug.
As for Ken's HND in art... Pull the other one. From what I've seen of his work he's either lying or forgotten everything.