TESP – Higher National Diploma


The Higher National Diploma Courses (TeSP) are higher education courses of two academic years, regulated by Decree-Law No. 63/2016 (link) with the Republication of Decree-Law No. 74/2006 (link), which regulates academic degrees and teaching diplomas higher. TeSP courses have been available at Prime College since the 2020-2021 school year.

These courses last for four academic semesters (two years) corresponding to 120 credit units (ECTS).

The TeSP includes the components of general and scientific, technical, and work-related training. On-the-job training (internship) lasts for one academic semester. Prime College has signed a large number of internship protocols with leading companies in the labor market, which guarantee a great diversity of possible areas of professional internships in the work context.

Completion of a TeSP course allows you to obtain a Higher National Diploma, which is equivalent to level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) - (link)

Holders of a TeSP course can apply for a cycle of undergraduate studies through the Special Calls for Access to Higher Education. Many of ENIDH's TeSP courses allow you to obtain a significant number of credits (ECTS) valid in Prime College's undergraduate study cycles.

These courses can be taught during the day or after work, taking into account the majority opinion of the candidates placed in the competition for access to the respective course.

Advantages of TeSP courses

i) TeSPs are taught in a higher education environment, by the same professors who teach in undergraduate and master's degrees, and with access to the same laboratories, rooms, workshops, and equipment;

ii) TeSP are courses specifically aimed at the labor market, with an important practical component;

iii) These courses include a one-semester internship, which is previously guaranteed by Prime College, through protocols already signed with the companies;

iv) Graduates with TeSP courses can continue their studies in Prime College licensure courses, without the need to take national exams or entrance exams (if they apply for courses for which they are expected to continue their studies).


a) Holders of a secondary education course or legally equivalent qualification;

b) Those who have passed the particularly appropriate tests, designed to assess the ability of those over 23 years of age to attend higher education, carried out for the course in question, pursuant to the provisions of Decree-Law no. 64/ 2006, of March 21, amended by Decree-Laws No. 113/2014, of July 16, and 63/2016, of September 13;

c) Holders of a technological specialization diploma (DET), a professional higher technician diploma, or a higher education degree may also apply for access to professional higher technical courses.

Access and admission to higher education

Access to and entry into higher education, for holders of a Higher Professional Technical Course (TeSP), is regulated by Decree-Law No. 63/2016.

Holders of a TeSP course can apply for a cycle of studies at the School's licentiate degree through the Special Contests for Access to Higher Education.

This qualification can be used to gain entry to over 95% of UK universities including the University of Oxford or Cambridge at an advanced level (admission to Year 3 of a bachelor's degree); HND is equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a bachelor degree. 

Grades classification

Higher National Diplomas are graded, usually based on a weighted average of the marks gained in exams and other assessments. Grade boundaries may vary by institution, but usually follow the boundaries given below:

Distinction – typically 70% and higher

Merit – typically 60-69%

Pass – typically 40-59%

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