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  • Course Length

    32 weeks (64 weeks for HND)

  • Fees

    £5,750 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Pearson Education Ltd

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: NCH1
    • Institution Code: N34
    • Campus Code: Q

Business HND

Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications – equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’; focusing on the skills and knowledge needed for a particular industry.

Studying this course will enable you to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be a great business all-rounder, improving your employability and promotional potential. You will study a wide range of local and global business issues, developing key transferable skills such as strategic thinking, problem solving and leadership.

Each unit focuses on the theoretical knowledge, professional expertise and work-based learning relevant to a variety of areas including management, human resources, marketing, accounting, business strategy and business law.

Course Content


Mandatory Units

  • Business & the Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management & Operations Management
  • Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project

Additional Units

  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management


Mandatory Units

  • Research Project
  • Organisational Behaviour

Additional Units

  • Operations and Project Management
  • Understanding and Leading Change
  • Global Business Environment
  • Business Strategy
  • Pitching and Negotiating Skills


On successful completion of the HND, depending on your grade, you may be able to complete a second or third ‘top- up’ year of a suitable degree such as a BA(Hons) in Business. Alternatively, you will be well placed to pursue a career across almost any industry or business sector.

Example job roles:

  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Adviser
  • Auditor
  • Office Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Marketing Manager

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9 - 4 (A* - C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken.

PLUS one of the following:

An A-Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one subject.
Other related Level 3 qualification(s)
Access Diploma - in Public Services or Social Studies

Ideally, in a relevant subject such as Business, Law, Economics, Marketing, Accounting or Finance.

For students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.


Full-time or part-time Course length: 32 weeks (64 weeks for the HND)
Days: Wednesday and Thursday
Contact hours: 12 - 14 hours per week
Expected self-study: 15 - 20 hours per week
Assessment: 160% Written Assignments, 20% Observation, 10% Coursework and 10% Exams

Possible out-of-ours activities: A foreign trip may be offered in year 2.

Costs and Resources

Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £5,750 per annum
Additional costs: Textbooks and trips (Approx £100)
Student finance information: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

The Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship: Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship. Find out more: www.newcollege.ac.uk/he

Programme Leader: Gillian Stopka (gillian.stopka@newcollege.ac.uk)

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE - Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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