HNC / HND Business
The new BTEC Higher National business qualifications are recognised on the Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and are designed to meet the increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at levels 4 and 5. They will provide students with a clear line of site to either employment or a degree at level 6.
These programmes provide opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and practical skills to real work situations. The content of the programme has been specifically designed to align with professional body, employer and higher education needs. Students will cover subjects including, in Year1: Business and the Business Environment, Management Accounting, Marketing Essentials, Human Resource Management, Management & Operations, Business Law and Financial Accounting, plus a Pearson set Business Project.
Year 2 will also cover: Organisational Behaviour, Business Strategy, Research Project, Operations & Project Management, Customer Value Management, Human Resources (Value and contribution to organisational success) and Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations.
For the full programme specification please click here.
- Minimum age 18 years.
- Applicants should have one or more of the following:
- A BTEC Level 3 qualification in business
- A GCE Advanced Level that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject
- Other related level 3 qualifications
- Substantial related work experience
- An international equivalent of the above
Applicants with appropriate work experience can also be considered.
As this programme is both taught and assessed in English, it is essential that all non-native English speakers can demonstrate capability in English at the levels below:
- IELTS 5.5 (Reading and writing must be at 5.5)
- PTE 5.2
- Or equivalent
The following are the modules (units) you will undertake for both the HNC and HND programmes (for students wishing to complete the HND programme, the HNC must be completed and achieved prior to progressing on to the second year).
Year One (HNC)
120 credits – 1 year full time study or 2 years part-time study
|Unit/Module||Mandatory or Optional||Key Learning Outcomes|
|1 Business and the Business Environment||Core unit – mandatory||
|2 Marketing Essentials||Core unit – mandatory||
|3 Human Resource Management||Core unit – mandatory||
|4 Management and Operations||Core unit – mandatory||
|5 Management Accounting||Core unit – mandatory||
|6 Managing a successful business project (Pearson set)||Core unit – mandatory||
|7 Business Law||Optional||
|10 Financial Accounting||Optional||
Year Two (HND)
240 credits Two years full time study or four years part-time study
(The above HNC programme must be successfully completed* before beginning the following modules:)
|Unit/Module||Mandatory or Optional||Key Learning Outcomes|
|11 Research Project (Pearson set)||Core unit – mandatory||
|12 Organisational Behaviour||Core unit – mandatory||
|16 Operations and Project Management||Optional||
|32 Business Strategy||Optional||
|35 Developing Individuals, teams and organisations||Optional||
|36 Human Resources: Value and contribution to organisational success||Optional||
|38 Customer Value Management||Optional||
When you begin your qualification your Programme Leader will take you through all aspects of your timetable, and of the requirements of IBCM and the awarding body Pearson. You will be given an induction to the college and the local area and into the specifics of the qualification including understanding the structure of the programme, the terminology and how assessment and internal quality assurance take place. You will be issued with a range of useful policies and procedures and will have a one to one interview to ensure we can tailor our support to your own individual needs.
For each module you will be issued with information as to the detailed requirements for a pass, merit or distinction grade, along with a suggested reading list. You will be issued with assessment plans which will show you the dates for all issue and submission of assignments for each unit.
To achieve each module you will have to demonstrate competence in each of the relevant learning outcomes identified above. Assessment may take the form of a completed written assignment or report, a project, or a presentation (or combination of any of the above). Some group work may take place, although you will always be assessed on an individual basis.
You will be given formative assessment early on in each module to enable you to identify where your strengths are and which areas you need to develop in order to be successful.
You will then be assessed at the end of each module against the required Learning outcomes. All assessments go through our own Internal Quality Assurance process to ensure that they meet the highest possible standards and give you every opportunity to achieve (see IBCM Assessment and Verification Policy).
Students will be awarded a grade of pass, merit or distinction for each module and an overall grade at the end of the qualification.
All of our assessment and internal quality procedures are regularly monitored and an Assessment Board will be held at the end of each term to verify all decisions made as well as to investigate any issues of concern.
Should you not meet the learning outcomes on your first submission, you will be given one opportunity for a resubmission. You may also be given the opportunity to resubmit in order to obtain a higher grade. If, at the resubmission, you still do not meet the required outcomes, one opportunity to retake the unit can be authorised. This unit can then receive a maximum pass grade.
If a unit is still not passed at this stage it is deemed to have failed. Your assessor will discuss the options with you, such as an alternative unit in the case of optional units, or whether you are able to study the core module again (repeat). See IBCM Assignment submission procedure. Full attendance at lessons for the repeated module is required along with appropriate payment.
There are compensation provisions within both the HNC and HND provision in that students can still be awarded the qualification if they have not achieved a pass in one of the 15 credit units completed, but have completed and passed the remaining units.
- 1 year full time HNC (2 years part time)
- 2 years full time HND (4 years part time)
- January and September
For details of fees please refer to separate price list