Business HND Level 5

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2019


The Full Time Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) builds on the knowledge learnt at HNC, by providing greater breadth and specialisation. The HND course is the equivalent to the 2nd year of a University Degree.

The structure of the programme provides an innovative and creative curriculum, covering core areas such as the business environment, business communication and information, marketing and human resources – all fundamental to the success of business organisations.

The Business HND gives you two different course pathways to choose from; Marketing, which is studied in Boston and Operational Management, which is studied in Spalding. There is also a variety of different attendance options for you to choose.

What will I do?

During your first year you will study 8 HNC units, which includes six mandatory units and two specialist units.

During the second year of your Business HND, you will study the following pathway:

Operational Management pathway

Units include:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Customer Behaviour
  • Research Project
  • Business Strategy
  • Operations Management (Double Credit)
  • Research Project (Double Credit)

The course is delivered using a balance between practical and theory. We include e-learning, one-to-one support, individual learning plans, external visits, events and speakers.

The entry qualifications for the Business HND are an MMP profile on a Business BTEC Level 3 course or a related subject (minimum 80 new UCAS points), or an Access to HE qualification.

You will also need a Level 2 qualification or above in English and Maths (e.g. GCSE or Functional Skills) and/or minimum IELTS score 6.

Individual cases will be considered and please note relevant work experience will be taken in to consideration if you fall outside of any of these categories.

The Pearson Business HND will take you two years to complete. You will attend College two days a week for two years, plus independent study. (Days will alternate from year one to year two).

If you are choosing to start your study of the one year HND top-up in September 2019 this course will run in Boston.

Please note, the HND can also be studied as a one year top-up if you already hold a relevant HNC.

During your programme of study, 30% will be within lectures and 70% through independent study.

The Business HND course fees will be:
HNC, Year 1 (2019) - £5550
HND, Year 2 (2020) - £5550

If you started this course in September 2018 the course fees will be:
HNC, Year 1 (2018) - £5000
HND, Year 2 (2019) - £5000

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from

The careers team based in College can also assist your application. Please contact them via the Information Line on 01205 313218

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

The assessment of Pearson's Higher National qualifications are criterion-referenced and you will provide evidence in the form of assignments, which are assessed against the unit learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

All units are individually graded as a pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher level achievement.

Your assessment consists of 74% coursework and 26% practical examination e.g. presentations and group discussions.

The Pearson HNC and HND qualifications are highly valued by employers and can lead to careers in business specialisms such as finance, human resources, management or marketing, as well as other business related careers. The qualifications also offer a progression route to the professional qualifications offered by organisations like the Chartered Institute of Marketing, management accountants and personnel development.

A key progression path for the Pearson HND learners is the third year of a degree or honours degree programme depending on the degree in question.

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