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 programme 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.

How to apply

Greenwich Campus

  • UCAS Code N109
  • You must apply for this course via www.ucas.com
  • The Institution code for Bromley College is B97

Bromley Campus

  • UCAS Code N108
  • You must apply for this course via www.ucas.com
  • The Institution code for Bromley College is B97

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements - Learners would 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

International Applicants:

  • 1 A-level OR equivalent Level 3 qualification and GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics, or equivalent qualifications
  • 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
  • Fees and Funding – Student Loan available

Additional Entry Requirements

  • OR other business-related Level 3 qualifications

If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.

What you will study

You will follow these modules to gain knowledge and skills in your two years. It consists 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.


    Business and the Business Environment

    The aim of this unit is to provide students with background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate.

    Marketing Essentials

    This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles of marketing, enabling them to develop a basic marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve results.

    Human Resource Management

    The aim of this unit is to enable students to appreciate and apply principles of effective Human Resource Management (HRM). People are the lifeblood of any organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity.

    Management and Operations

    The aim of this unit is to help students understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the characteristics, behaviours and traits which support effective management and leadership

    Management Accounting

    The overall aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of management accounting which apply to the wider business environment and the organisations which operate within that environment.

    Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)

    This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment.

    Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

    This unit provides students with an understanding of the definition and scope of entrepreneurship and an understanding of the enablers and barriers to business start-up. 

    Innovation and Commercialisation.

    This unit aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of innovation and commercialisation. 

    Research Project (Pearson-set)

    This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. Students will choose their own project based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The project will focus on business.  This will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment.  

    Organisational Behaviour

    The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture, politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context. Students will be in a position to apply the principles of organisational behaviour to a variety of business situations.

    Statistics for Management

    The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of how management information and decision-making are enhanced by the application of statistical methods.

    Business Strategy

    The aim of this unit is to develop students’ awareness of the different kinds of strategy which could be used in an operational, tactical or strategic role for an organisation. This will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge and understanding of the theories, models and concepts which could significantly support an organisation’s strategic choice and direction.

    Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations

    The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to appreciate that developing knowledge and skills to achieve high performance is a cross organisation activity.

    Brand Management

    This unit gives students a comprehensive overview of brand management − starting with why brands are so important and how they are formed, through to measuring brand value and managing a portfolio of brands over time.



    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


    You can apply for a student loan for this course.

    Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet. 

    You will be required to cover the cost of:

    - Text books 

    - Travel to other sites - Where required

    - Library Fees and Fines - If you fail to return loaned items within the required time you will be responsible for the cost of any fees or fines applicable 

    - Printing and photocopying - Ypu will need to cover the cost of any printing or photocopying undertaken to support your learning 

    - Graduation ceremonies - It is free for you to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by you.


    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.


    Students who only want to study for 1 year are welcomed and will be eligible to qualify for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) at Level 4.  

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