About the course

This two-year course is designed to help you develop advanced knowledge and skills appropriate for a career in the business sector. During the course you will gain knowledge of the business and the business environment, human resource management, marketing, management accounting, organisation behaviour and business strategy, as well as entrepreneurship.

In addition, it provides individuals with the academic and critical thinking skills required at higher education level. The HND in Business comprises 240 credits, of which 120 are completed at Level 4 (HNC) and 120 at Level 5 (HND). On successful completion of two years your final award will be a HND. Additionally, learners can progress to a third year BSc (Hons) Business Studies or related degree course at Bromley University Centre or with our partner the Canterbury Christ Church University.

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What you will study

You will follow these modules to gain knowledge and skills in your two years. They consist of a combination of core and optional units to provide you with the appropriate training to gain employment in a range of different business-related fields. Please click here to access detailed programme specifications.

Detailed Programme Specifications

Year 1 - Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Business

  • Business and the business environment
  • Marketing essentials
  • Human resource management
  • Management and operations
  • Management accounting
  • Managing a successful business project (Pearson-set)
  • Entrepreneurship and small business management
  • Financial accounting

Year 2 - Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Business

  • Research project (Pearson-set)
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Statistics for management
  • Business strategy
  • Developing individuals, teams and organisations
  • Brand management
  • Pitching and negotiation skills

Teaching will take a variety of forms. The majority of the course will be lectures and taught sessions with follow-up workshops that allow you to take part in group work or other monitored activities that contribute to learning and assessment.


Each unit is assessed by individual or group participation, research and coursework assignments. Assessment activities provide major opportunities for learning, including:

  • Group and individual work
  • Peer feedback
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Essay, evaluations and assignments

Entry requirements

You should typically have at least one of the following meeting a minimum of UCAS points:

  • You will require a minimum of 48 UCAS points from a level 3 qualification
  • 5 GCSEs - grades A*-C including English and maths
  • OR Business Level 3 Extended Diploma OR other business-related Level 3 qualifications
  • Mature applicants over 21 years of age with relevant industrial experience

International Applicants:

  • 1 A-level OR equivalent Level 3 qualification and GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics, or equivalent qualifications
  • You will also need to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English. Evidence of English with IELTS IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band

Costs and loans

  • A Student Loan is available for this course

Moving forward

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

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university

Additional information

Students who only want to study for one year will gain Higher National Certificate (HNC) after completion of Year 1 Should you have units from a previous QCF HNC or HND business qualification, please note that some topics from old units are now mapped against new units in line with the current RQF.

Please click here to check which units may be affected.

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