Business HND
Faculty of Business and IT
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Level 5 - HND Victoria House HNC is a 1 year full time programme with the HND top up being an additional 1 year full time. 022N HND/B Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Do you want to learn relevant skills and knowledge to work in business?
Are you keen to study a broad range of business as well as have the chance to specialise?

This programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in the field of business. This programme covers a broad-based overview of business allowing you to develop wide-ranging skills and knowledge.

This programme is modular and coursework based. Most units will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and end of unit tests. Some practical units are assessed on 100% coursework. Teaching methods include formal lectures, practical sessions and role plays with some units supported by special speakers.

What topics will I study?

HNC (Year 1) units:

  • Business Environment
  • Managing Financial Resources and Decisions
  • Organisations and Behaviour
  • Marketing Principles
  • Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Decision Making
  • Business Strategy

HND (Year 2) units:

  • The Internet and E-Business
  • Business Events Management
  • Research Project
  • Sales Planning and Operation
  • Marketing Planning
  • Corporate Environmental and Social Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Working with and Leading Others

What experiences will I get?

HNC (Year 1)
You will have the opportunity to engage with industry professionals in a timetable of guest speakers and will have the opportunity to take part in educational visits to local industry as well as an annual visit overseas (subject to interest and availability of places). You will also gain valuable experience through the implementation of a real Marketing Plan through your Marketing Principles unit.

HND (Year 2)
As well as the opportunity to engage with industry professionals in the classroom, additional experience will also be gained through the development and implementation of a ‘live’ event for a client. You will have the opportunity to take part in educational visits to local industry as well as the option to join the annual overseas visit in your 2nd year (again subject to interest and availability of places).

What are the entry requirements?

You will need an overall pass in Business HNC to progress to this course. If you have an equivalent Level 4 qualification in a business and management related area you will need to be interviewed in order to assess accredited prior learning and support you to create an individual timetable which will ensure you cover all requirements.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning centre with dedicated higher education study space. There is a refectory in Victoria House as well as a social area for higher education students in Business and IT.

What can the course lead on to?

You can progress to degree programmes in business and management related areas and direct entry into employment at junior management level. Students can also progress onto the University of Exeter BA Business Management degree or onto the second or third year of any other suitable degree programme.

Are there any additional costs?

The purchase of recommended textbooks for the programme. There is an additional expense associated with the optional educational visit each year which will be confirmed once a destination is selected.

What do our students think?

I have enjoyed the variety of the units covered under Business (HNC/HND), every unit I have learnt has benefited me within my working life and helped develop my personal and professional skills throughout my career, also the lecturers are very knowledgeable with current business affairs being used as case studies throughout the course.” 

I wanted to gain a qualification in business and I'd heard good feedback from other students so I chose this course. I most enjoy meeting other people and learning more about a subject I'm interested in. After this course I hope to become a management consultant. My tip for future students would be to go for it, with work so scarce at the moment any additional qualification can only help."

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