BTEC Higher Nationals offer a cost-effective, vocational pathway to higher education.

Who can benefit from these courses?

Individuals who apply for any of the BTEC Business pathways will obtain an internationally recognised qualification that prepares them for roles in industry, while gaining a sound understanding of the chosen business pathway in general. The courses are suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • School leavers
  • Mature students returning to education (with related work experience)
  • Individuals in employment who wish to improve their career prospects
  • Individuals who wish to start their own business.

Why should I do an HND course?

  • Gain a globally recognised qualification.
  • Ideal platform to move straight into employment, or on to undergraduate studies or a professional course.
  • Gain direct entry into the 2nd or 3rd year of a bachelor’s degree at university (subject to entry requirements).
  • Funding opportunities available subject to assessment by Student Finance England.

The Qualification:

On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma.

Awarding Body

Full time

The units are assessed using a variety of assignments, class based activities and presentations.

Duration of Programme

  • 24 months (if starting from HNC)
  • 12 months (if progressing from HNC)

What’s Included?
Classroom lessons and our virtual learning environment are used to deliver all resources for this course including:

  • Study materials
  • Tutor support
  • External resources
  • Discussion with other students
  • Workload: 15 hours per week

Entry Requirements:

The entry requirements for our Level 4 programs are:

  • Applicants must be 18 or over
  • 2 A Levels or AVCEs at Grade ‘C’ or above or 4 AS Levels at Grade ‘C’ or above
    or BTEC National Certificate
    or the International Baccalaureate (IB) with a minimum of 24 points
    or the European Baccalaureate (EB) with a minimum of 60 points
    or the German Abitur with a minimum overall grade of 2.0 (subject grades of 12, 11 or 10)
    or a comparable qualification from another Educational System

Any students considered to be eligible for exemptions for prior study, must first have this confirmed by the awarding body of the programme they have applied for.

English Language Requirements
Students are required to demonstrate suitable levels of English competence.

Enrolment Dates
January, April, September



HNC in Business (General)
HND in Business (General)
HND in Business (Accounting and Finance)
HND in Business (Business Management)
HND in Business (Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management)
HND in Business (Human Resource Management)
HND in Business (Marketing)
HND in Business (Operations Management)