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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).

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 students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in business, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses.

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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.


Course Content

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits. (2019/20 Units underlined)

The Higher National Diploma (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 Essentials; Human Resource Management; Management & Operations; Management Accounting; Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)

Level 4 Specialist Units: Innovation & Commercialisation; Business Law

Upon successful completion of year 1 full-time students who are eligible may be awarded a stand-alone HNC.

Level 5 Mandatory Core Units (HND only): Research Project (Person-set), Organisational Behaviour, Operations and Project Management, Understanding and Leading Change, Global Business Environment

Level 5 Specialist Units: Business Strategy; Pitching & Negotiation Skills



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 all students for this course will be £3250 for HNC (part-time) or £5750 for HND (full-time) per annum for 2021/22. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student  finance website

Additional Course Costs

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


HNC/D Course Handbook
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