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Higher National Certificate (HNC) Business

Subject Area
Business & Professional Studies
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
Full-time or part-time
1 Year full-time or 2 years part-time
£7,200 full-time/£3,600 part-time per year
Entry Requirements
32 UCAS points or relevant experience
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The qualification is suitable for anyone hoping to gain a solid academic foundation in business or management and is aimed at students who would like a good knowledge of all business aspects. 

 Students could be school leavers or could be currently employed in any sector so long as they have an interest in how businesses run, and aspirations to progress a career in management.

Completion of this course would improve job prospects in Business sector and also allows progression onto degree programmes.  

The programme is equipped to provide you with a comprehensive base of key theoretical concepts and practical situations, with a strong focus on career prospects, as well as teaching and learning strategies to develop vital employability skills which will allow you to thrive in professional situations.

You will develop your knowledge and skills for contemporary organisations, with flexible delivery options to suit your personal needs, whilst working with dedicated tutors who are on-hand to support you whenever you need it.

Full-time and part-time available - 1 year full-time/2 years part-time.

UCAS Code: B3S4

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Level 4
Business and the Business Environment
Marketing Essentials
Human Resource Management
Management and Operations
Management Accounting
Managing a Successful Business Project
Business Law
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Entry requirements

32 UCAS tariff points. Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience may be considered.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for each unit takes place using a mix of methods including; essays, reports, presentations, exams and research projects. There will be up to two assignments in each unit and assessments will be spread over the year.

Skills you will learn

Throughout the one-year course students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication, self-management, adaptability, resilience, self-analysis and reflection, budget management/ monitoring, negotiating and influencing and self-presentation.Additio

Method of delivery

This is a classroom-based course. Teaching will primarily include lectures, seminars and workshops. There will be a requirement for students to engage with online resources over the duration of the course and you will need to undertake independent study outside of taught sessions.

Assessment for each unit takes place using a mix of methods including; essays, reports, presentations, exams and research projects. There will be up to two assignments in each unit and assessments will be spread over the year.

Additional costs

No additional costs are expected for this course, although students should have access to an internet enabled laptop or PC.

Your next steps

Successful completion of the HNC Business will enable you to enrol on the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business with a view to completing a full degree programme in the longer term.

Many professional bodies also recognise the HNC for further professional study.

The skills and knowledge gained through studying this course can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Business sector including:

  • Retail
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Hospitality
  • Customer service
  • Administration.

Jobs roles could include: Team leader, HR Co-ordinator, Marketing Assistant, Customer Service Assistant, Event Coordinator, Finance Assistant, Buyer or Junior Manager to name but a few.

Course leaders and tutors:
Katharine McDonald

BSC (Hons) Marketing, MA Leadership & Management, PGCE Post Compulsory Education, QTLS, Fellow of HEA (Pending). Katharine has been a lecturer in Further and Higher Education for 15 years and has extensive industry experience in Marketing, Retail, Leadership and Management. Katharine has particular specialisms in Business Ethics, Leadership and Management and Employment Law. In addition to teaching, Katharine is a Trade Union Branch Representative and this allows her to maintain current industry experience and CPD in regard to employment practices and legislation.

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