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Pearson BTEC HNC Diploma Level 4 Business

Course Structure

The HNC in Business is a major workplace qualification course, delivered over one year full-time or two years part-time, which includes a broad range of highly relevant business and management subject areas, making it ideal for those who have started, or are planning to move into, a career in private of public sector business.

HNC graduates are able to progress onto HND in Business upon successful completion.

YEAR 1

Units

Level

Credit

Business and the Business Environment

4

15

Marketing Essentials

4

15

Innovation and Commercialisation

4

15

Human Resource Management

4

15

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

4

15

Management and Operations

4

15

Management Accounting

4

15

Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set assessment)

4

15

Directed/Independent Learning & Study Skills

   

Total credits

 

120

 

STUDY OPTIONS

Full-time: Day / Evening (1 year)

Part-time: Day / Evening (2 years)

Note: The HNC is awarded on completion of a minimum of 120 credits.

   

 

Assessment

To gain the HNC each module must be successfully completed. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, assignments, projects or an examination. All assessments are externally verified by Pearson.

All units on the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HNC) level courses are worth 15 UK credits.  Students will be expected to commit at least 150 notional hours towards completing the learning outcomes per unit.  This usually consists of a combination of around 60% direct teaching time and around 40% independent study time (e.g. preparations for research and assessments, background reading, etc.).

Entry Requirements

UK and EU students:

  • A level standard or overseas equivalent
  • Mature students (21+) with relevant experience
  • Other UK level 3 qualifications (e.g. Foundation Diploma, Access to HE Certificate, a BTEC Diploma/National, Advanced GNVQ or AVCE).

International students:

Overseas learners must show proficiency in the English language and have an appropriate qualification equivalent to IELTS 5.5

Restrictions on learner entry

The BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the RQF for learners aged 18 years and over.

Admissions Process

The College will ensure that entry requirements are applied in accordance with institutional policy and that the admissions process will take the following format.

  • All applicants must complete an application form
  • Applicants will be subject to a personal interview where possible either by a member of the admissions team or approved agency (where this is not possible acceptance will be based on the infromation contained in the application form and any supporting documents)
  • If requested, applicants must provide two references in support of their suitability for the programme
  • Selection will be in the light of previous qualifications, past experience, and future aspirations
  • Mature entry applicants without the standard academic background will normally be interviewed to assess their suitability for the programme
  • Educational and employment references will be taken up wherever possible
  • All applicants must present original examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarised copies and English Language examination transcripts (where applicable).

 

Recognition

A key progression path for BTEC HNC learners is to the second year of HND programme, depending on the match of units to HND programme in question.

In addition, Higher National qualifications in Business, especially the endorsed title routes, have been developed with career progression and professional recognition in mind. The following professional bodies recognise the Higher Nationals in Business.

  • Association of Accounting Technicians.
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
  • Association of International Accountants.
  • Chartered Institute of Management.
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing.
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants.
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Varying degrees of exemption from professional body examinations are available from individual professional bodies. Further details of professional body recognition and exemptions for BTEC Higher Nationals are given in the publication BTEC Professional Recognition which is available on Pearson’s website (http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html).