HNC-HND Business

HNC-HND Business

Pearson BTEC Level 4 and 5 (HNC, HND) in Business Delivered in Partnership with Loughborough College

This qualification is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the business sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in business.

What Can I Do with This?

You can end up with any of these careers:

  • Retail Manager (up to £48k annual salary)
  • Sales Manager (up to £50k annual salary)
  • Business Consultant (up to £60k annual salary)
  • Business Development Manager (up to £65k annual salary)

Or even head to university to further your education!

A Bit About Higher National Certificate and Diploma in Business

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the business sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in business. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the business sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Business is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

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Fees and Funding Information (Student Loan and Maintenance Fund)

Tuition Fee loan and Maintenance Loan for living costs are available for this course.

Tuition Fee: £7000

What’s a Tuition Fee loan?

A Tuition Fee Loan helps you to pay for your course. New full-time students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to cover the cost of tuition fees. The amount you can get doesn’t depend on your household income.

The maximum Tuition Fee Loan available to new students starting courses with private universities and colleges is £7,000. However, you’ll be able to apply for the same Maintenance Loan as other full-time students.

What’s a Maintenance Loan?

A Maintenance Loan helps towards your living costs, such as food, rent and books.

The amount you can borrow depends on your household income, your course and where you live and study.

Per Academic Season

The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. You have to pay the loan back.

  2022 to 2023 academic year 2023 to 2024 academic year
Living at home (with parents) Up to £8,171 Up to £8,400
Living away from home, outside London Up to £9,706 Up to £9,978
Living away from home, in London Up to £12,667 Up to £13,022
You spend a year of a UK course studying abroad Up to £11,116 Up to £11,427

If you’re 60 or over on the first day of the first academic year of your course you can apply for up to £4,106 in the 2022/2023 academic year, or £4,221 in the 2023/2024 academic year.


Repayments are based on your future income, not what you borrow. You won’t repay your loan until you’ve left university and your income is over £27,295 a year.

If you’re employed, repayments will be deducted from your income (the same as it is with tax and national insurance contributions).

You’ll repay 9% of your income over £27,295 a year. So, if you earn £28,800 a year this means you’ll repay 9% of £1,505 - £11 each month. If you’re self-employed, separate arrangements are in place with HMRC to make your repayments.

If you stop working or your income drops below £27,295 your repayments will stop and only start again when your income is over £27,295 a year. After 30 years, any outstanding balance will be written off, unless you have defaulted on your loan.


If you have any queries about the course call us 01214557964 for more details. Or email us on

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements

To meet the entry criteria for admission to level 4 HNC Courses:

A candidate must have either:

• A-Level 3 Qualifications

• A-Level 2 Qualifications or extensive relevant work experience

• Or substantial work experience related to the field of proposed study and,

• Demonstrate capability in English equivalent to CEFR level B2 e.g. IELTS 5.5 (including 5.5 for reading and writing), PTE 51 or equivalent.


• Demonstrate a Commitment to Study and a reasonable expectation of success on the Course

International qualifications at the appropriate level will also be accepted.

Where applicants do not have a formal qualification to demonstrate capability in English, they will be required to undertake the Colleges written English Language test before an offer of a place on a course is made. Judgement of their capability in spoken English will be assessed by the Senior Administrator at the interview. Suitable alternative arrangements to written tests will be made where a student declares a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term health condition on their application form, e.g. oral questioning, amanuensis etc.

We welcome applications from students 19+ who do not match the standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate; willingness and commitment to studying this subject at university level, and who can evidence academic, professional or vocational experience in a related field.


HNC (Level 4) - 1 year full-time.

HND (Level 5) - 1 year full time.

Students will only progress to HND qualification if they pass all units in HNC. Students will have apply for student finance each year.

Learners can progress to university for the third year.

All classes in all our courses are only two days a week.

Aims and Objectives of HNC and HND Business qualification

Aims of the programme

The aims of the HNC in Business are to:

  • Provide a broad-based programme of study offering learners vocationally relevant preparation for their career development
  • Satisfy the demand from those in the community who wish to undertake higher education, providing varied pathways through the programmes appropriate to students’ skills, experience and confidence
  • To provide positive opportunities for widening participation to appropriate levels of higher education
  • Raise awareness and develop understanding of the varied dimensions, elements and characteristics of business and their respective environment appropriate to management contexts
  • Develop technical and transferable skills for confident, effective application in business
  • Enable students to develop appropriate academic skills consistent with study at higher education level
  • Provide support for learning appropriate to individual needs

Objectives of the Programme

On successful completion of the HND in Business, students will have:

  • Developed a range of transferable skills allowing them to understand, manage and react to the changing business environment around them
  • Developed a strong understanding of the ever-changing environment in which businesses operate
  • Developed and be able to utilise the higher level cognitive skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis in the business setting
  • Developed the appropriate skills, knowledge and confidence to progress to a degree programme (with APL for business degrees)
  • Be able to research and present information orally and in writing with confidence and clarity in a professional manner including structured analytical reports
  • Developed an awareness of salient business issues outside of their own day-to-day activities in the organisation via the taught units (see unit guidelines)

Structure of the Programme/Arrangements for the Academic Year

Structure of the Business Programme/Arrangements for the Academic Year
Year 2022/2023
Unit No Level 4 Units (Eight Units, 120 Credit Value) Unit Credit
1 Business and the Business Environment 15
2 Marketing Processes and Planning 15
3 Human Resource Management 15
4 Leadership and Management 15
5 Accounting Principles 15
6 Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson Set) 15
10 Recording Financial Transactions (Optional Unit) 15
9 Professional Identity and Practice (Optional Unit) 15
Structure of the Business Programme/Arrangements for the Academic Year
Year 2022/2023
Unit No Level 5 Units (Seven Units, 120 Credit Value) Unit Credit
19 Research Project (Pearson Set) 209 30
20 Organisational Behaviour 15
21 Financial Reporting (Optional Unit) 15
28 Launching a New Venture (Optional Unit) 15
35 Integrated Marketing Communications (Optional Unit) 15
41 Taxation (Optional Unit) 15
46 Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations (Optional Unit 15

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