Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designed to develop practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of the subject area. These qualifications have been well respected and recognised by employers and higher education institutions. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification which is equivalent to the first year of the Bachelor Degree. A HNC qualification can be studied by those in employment for professional development to enhance their career prospects or level 3, A-level and Access to Higher Education students can use this as an alternative path to gain higher education locally at lower cost.
Pearson BTEC Higher National in Business provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and skills in the workplace. Students will have the opportunity to do this through any employment experience they may hold. This course is also available to mature learners who may wish to enter a specialist area of employment within business. This course aims to develop a sound understanding of the major theoretical and practical principles associated with working in business. A significant focus is placed on the skills required for effective communication, self-development and career progression. If you are looking to pursue a career in business or you are currently employed in a business environment, and wish to combine work with a study to develop your skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects, then this course may be for you. It will draw on a range of industry links and local employers to provide you with extensive business experience.
You will typically have one of the following:
• A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile
• A minimum of 2 A Levels with one in a related subject at grade C or above
• Access to HE with relevant options
• Extensive relevant work experience – mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply
• A* to C grade (Grade 9-4) in GCSE English and Maths – strongly recommended
If you do not hold GCSE maths and English at grade C or above then it is strongly recommended that you study these before starting on a Higher National programme, both to support your study and to allow you to progress to Higher Education. On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.
You will study a total of eight units throughout the course for the HNC in Business. The six mandatory units will provide a general foundation and two optional units will introduce you to particular business concepts and theories in more depth.
HNC Mandatory Units:
• Unit 1 – Business and the Business Environment
• Unit 2 – Marketing Process and Planning
• Unit 3 – Human Resource Management
• Unit 4 – Leadership and Management
• Unit 5 – Accounting Principles
• Unit 6 – Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)
In addition to the mandatory, learners will study two optional units, which are selected to meet the local employers’ needs:
• Unit 7 – Business Law
• Unit 9 – Entrepreneurial Ventures
Note: Optional units may change to meet local employment need.
HNC units are assessed internally. You will be graded for each individual unit with a Pass, Merit or Distinction. You may be assessed in a number of different ways, such as presentations, written reports, log books and practical tasks.
On successful completion of this course you can continue with employment or use the HNC as an entry to apply for other Higher Education qualifications e.g. HND or Bechalor Degree. You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at Year 2 dependent upon the university and degree programme. This qualification can also be used to support a job application within a related profession.
During your interview you will be advised for the course fee, any additional course requirements and costs. The information on the college policies and procedures, Terms and Conditions and the Student Protection Plan (SPP) are available on the college website (https://macclesfield.ac.uk/awards-policies-and-values/student-and-college-policies/). Also, a copy of these terms and conditions and the Student Protection Plan will be given to you to read before enrolling on the course.
For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.
Duration and Times
Start date: 20/09/2021
End date: 24/06/2022
Time: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Days of week: TBA
Number of Weeks: 33
Weekly hours: 10.00