Higher Education

Overview

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 Diploma (HND) is a Level 5 qualification which is equivalent to the second year of the Bachelor Degree. HND qualifications can be studied by those in employment for professional development to enhance their career prospects or HNC students can use this as an alternative path to gain higher education locally at lower cost.

The 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 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.

Entry Requirements

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

• HNC qualification in Business with at least one Merit in the final unit grade profile
and
• 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 (Grade 4-5) 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.

Content

You will study a total of seven units throughout the course for the HND in Business. Two units are mandatory and will provide a general foundation and five optional units will introduce you to particular business concepts and theories in more depth.

HND Mandatory Units:
• Unit 11: Research Project (Pearson-set)
• Unit 12: Organisational Behaviour

In addition to the two mandatory, learners will study five optional units from the following pathways depening upon the employers need:
• Accounting and Finance
• Business and Operations Management
• Human Resource Management
• Marketing
• Entrepeneurship and Small Business Management

Note: Optional units may change to meet local employment need.

Assessment

HND 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, logbooks and practical tasks.

Awarding body

Pearson BTEC

Progression

On successful completion of this course you can continue with employment or use the HND as an entry to apply for other Higher Education qualifications e.g. Bachelor Degree, Top-up Degree. You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at Year 3 dependent upon the university and degree programme. This qualification can also be used to support a job application within a related profession.

Additional information

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

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.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 14/09/2020

End date: 18/06/2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 33

Weekly hours: 10.00

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