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BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Business Management

 About the Course

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business develops students’ business skills, knowledge and understanding they need to achieve high performance in the international business environment.

Aims of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business

The Level 4 units lay the foundations of learning by providing a broad introduction to business and different business functions. This develops and strengthens core skills while preparing the student for specialist subjects at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility. Students will gain a wide range of business knowledge tied to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop vocational behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace. By the end of Level 4, students will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to key areas of business.

Aims of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business

The Level 5 units give students the opportunity to specialise in a business-related occupational area and to progress to degree-level study. The units prepare students to move on to specific areas of business at Level 6 or to enter employment with the qualities and abilities necessary for roles that require personal responsibility and decision-making. Students will be able to develop and apply their own ideas to their studies, to deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore solutions, demonstrate critical evaluation and use both theory and practice in a wide range of business situations. By the end of Level 5, students will have a sound understanding of the principles in their area of specialist study and will know how to apply those principles more widely in the business world. They will be able to perform effectively in their specialist area.

Starting Dates    January / April / September
Mode of Study   Full-time via blended learning – Online plus classroom
Duration           HNC – One year

HND – Two years

Awarding Body     Pearson Edexcel

Quality is monitored regularly through visits from Pearson’s External          Examiners and a regular Pearson Annual Management Review.

Award BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

BTEC HND Diploma in Business & Management

Academic Level Level 4 – HNC

Level 5 – HND

Price  Full Time £4,500/year

What you will study

Year 1 

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business
Unit Unit Title Unit Level Unit Credit
Core unit Mandatory 1 Business and the Business Environment 4 15
2 Marketing Essentials 4 15
3 Human Resource Management 4 15
4 Management and Operations 4 15
5 Management Accounting 4 15
6 Managing a Successful Business Project 4 15
Optional unit 7 Business Law 4 15
9 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 4 15

Year 2

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business (Management)
Unit Unit Title Unit Level Unit Credit
Core unit Mandatory 11 Research Project 5 30
12 Organisational Behaviour 5 15
Specialist unit
16 Operations and Project Management 5 15
17 Understanding and Leading Change 5 15
18 Global Business Environment 5 15
Two optional units at Level 5 which the College will choose from the list below
Unit Unit Title Unit Level Unit Credit
Optional unit 32 Business Strategy 5 15
35 Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations 5 15
37 Consumer Behaviour and Insight 5 15
42 Planning for Growth 5 15

Teaching Plan

The academic year is divided into three terms and in each term you will normally be timetabled to study 2-3 units. You will usually be timetabled for at least three days per week and it must be noted that the timetable changes from term-to-term as the programme develops and units are completed.

Assessment Method

Students will be assessed through a mixture of assessment methods like essay, recording an interview or role play, examination or in-class tests, giving a presentation with assessor questioning, making a PowerPoint presentation, creating academic posters, displays or leaflets, or keeping a reflective journal. Some units, for example, require a practical demonstration of skills while others require students to carry out their own research and analysis, working independently or as part of a team.

Progressing to university.

Students can proceed to most UK universities for a one -year top up degree course. Students who complete the HND will spend one year in the university to achieve the following BSc (Hons) in Business and Management, BA and BSc (Hons) in Business Studies, BSc (Hons) in International Management and so on.

Successful completion of the BTEC HND is equivalent to completing the first two years of a Business-related honours degree at a UK university. The qualification is recognised by Higher Education providers (eg. universities) as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses, including, for example:

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers where they wish to gain admission and ‘top-up’ their HND.

Progressing to Employment/Jobs.

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the business sector through:

Entering employment in job roles such as:

  • Business Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Advisor
  • Office Manager
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Entry Requirements and Admissions 

  • A’ Levels
  • A relevant BTEC Level 3 qualification
  • Relevant Level 3 qualification on RQF
  • University Foundation Diploma
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • An international equivalent of the above.
  • Mature students – over 21 years who have been out of education for at least three years will assessed based on prior learning and work experience and prior qualification.

 Application Process 

All applicants must apply online and upload required document or send by email to the admission office. The following are required for application:

  • Completed Application form
  • Passport size photo
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Passport or other official photo ID
  • Qualification certificates
  • Next of Kin/ emergency contact phone number and address
  • Proof of address which includes your full name and current address.
  • Proof of National Insurance number (UK residence)

This will be followed by admission interview before decision is made. 

English Language Requirement For Non-Native Speakers (Not Born In The Uk)

Non-native English speakers who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at Level 2 (or equivalent) before being admitted to the programme. Equivalent grades to Level 2 include CEFR B2, PTE 51, and IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5). After gaining admittance, such students are still encouraged to enrol on the Level 2 English course because it should still help with their HND study, career development or further study.


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