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In Short

This course can be offered as both a full-time two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) route and a part-time two year Higher National Certificate (HNC).

There are two pathways on offer Business and Business (for Service Industry Management).



To apply for the Full-time HND please go to the UCAS website Institution Code: W66, Course Code: NN12

To apply for the Part-time HNC please use our internal application form


The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Business is to develop professional skills within the business and service industries sector. The modules of study will broaden and enhance leadership skills, raise awareness of finance, budgets & business management as well as further develop skills in customer service and marketing.

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in finance, leadership and business management.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.


Note: students enrolled on the full-time routes for this course will be registered to receive a stand-alone HNC Creative Media Production in Year 1 of their studies.


To view the Service Industry Management pathway please click here



Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/Extended  Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with a minimum 48 UCAS points achieved.

International applicants will be required to have an IELTS score of 6 achieved within the last two years to apply for this course.

Mature  students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.  Applicants will normally be invited for interview.


HNC applicants will be invited for interview, and selection based on references and completion of a Pre-entry Assessment progression assignment.

Course Content

The Higher National Certificate Business (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits.

The Higher National Diploma Business (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits.


Level 4 Mandatory Core Units HNC/D: Business & the Business Environment; Marketing Processes and Planning; Human Resource Management; Leadership and Management; Accounting Principles; Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)

Level 4 Specialist Units: Work Experience; Managing Customer Experience, *Period Hair and Make-up (from HNC/D Performing Arts)  (*Hair & Beauty Students Only)


Level 5 Mandatory Core Units (HND only): Research Project (Pearson-set), Organisational Behaviour,

Level 5 Specialist Units: Understanding and Leading Change, Global Business Environment, Principles of Operations Management, Managing and Running a Small Business, Customer Value Management.

(* please note Specialist and Optional units may be subject to change)


How will I be assessed?

The course is predominantly assessed through the completion of assignment projects. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.

Two core units: one 15 credit (Level 4) and one 30 credit unit (Level 5) will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment.



A key progression path for BTEC HNC and HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Depending on the entry requirements of individual universities successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to top up to a range of degree level courses in related subject areas. UCAS course search ( will enable you to explore options for Top Up courses available throughout the UK.


The course fees for HND and HNC (full-time) students for this course will be £5750 and for HNC (part-time)students £3250 per annum for 2023/24. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website this course is classed as full-time HIGHER EDUCATION for the full-time HND/HNC routes and part-time HIGHER EDUCATION for the one day per week route.


Additional Course Costs

Please note International Students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of their tuition fee.


HNC/HND Course Handbook
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