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Higher National Diploma (HND) 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
Successful completion of a relevant Level 4 qualification
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The programme is equipped to build on the knowledge and skills gained in the HNC Business course and helps to develop key theoretical concepts and skills for use in 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 relevant to careers in 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.

The HND in Business, besides being a stand-alone qualification that is recognised by employers, is a qualification that allows students who wish to progress to a university Top-Up degree course to do so at York College, or at other institutions.

By studying HND Business at York College you will have the opportunity to gain a broad ranging business qualification while gaining information on specific organisations and business sectors relevant to your future career aspirations. Our experienced and highly qualified staff will work with you to ensure that assignments you complete are relevant to sectors and organisations that appeal to you and will aid you in developing knowledge relevant to a career that you are interested in while gaining the skills needed to enter that sector. Whether you are interested in retail buying, employment law, digital marketing or any other business career you can think of, this flexible course will give you opportunities to explore the sector and employers existing within it and prepare yourself for the career you aspire to.

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


UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Level 5
Research Project
Organisational Behaviour
Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations
Human Resources Value and Contribution to Organisational Success
Customer Value Management
Tapping into New and Internal Markets
Social Media Practice

Entry requirements

Successful completion of Higher National Certificate (HNC) Business or equivalent Level 4 qualification.

Maths and English GCSE at Grade 4 (or equivalent) also required.

Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience may also 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 and strategic thinking, effective communication, self-management, adaptability, resilience, self-analysis and reflection, budget management/monitoring, negotiating and influencing and self-presentation.

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.

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 HND Business will enable you to enrol a top-up degree programme at York College, or at other institutions.

Many professional bodies also recognise the HND 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 and administration.

Jobs roles could include: Team Leader, HR Co-ordinator, Marketing Assistant, Customer Service Assistant, Event Coordinator, Finance Assistant, buyer or 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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