York College

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If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Code: B3S4. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

Click here to view York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.


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 on to 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.

Our Approach

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.

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. 

Course Length

The course will run in college term times and will last 1 academic year (30 Weeks). 

Dates and Times

Course begins September 2021, dates and times are still to be confirmed.

Course Modules

  • 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

Skills You Will Learn

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Self-management
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience
  • Self-analysis and Reflection
  • Budget Management/ Monitoring
  • Negotiating and Influencing
  • Self-presentation

Career Progression

Successful completion of the HNC Business will enable you to enrol on the HND Business course 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. 


£7200. (Pro-rata for part-time). Student Finance England funding is available via the direct.gov website. 

Additional Costs

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


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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