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Business: HND Pearson - Full Time

Course information

Course Summary

The HND in Business is currently being delivered at our non-Surrey partners at their satellite centres. For more information, and to apply, click here.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business offers students six specialist pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study. These pathways are linked to Professional Body standards (where appropriate) and can provide professional status and progression to direct employment.

Course Code:N3260
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Award:HND Business
Awarded by:Pearson
Course Length

Full Time

Course Detail

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of business:

● Accounting and Finance
● Business Management
● Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
● Human Resource Management
● Marketing
● Operations Management

There is also a non-specialist ‘General Business’ pathway, which allows students to complete a Level 5 Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility to providers and students.

Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

Student Handbook/Programme Specification. Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.

The following units of study are delivered on the HND Business.

Higher National Certificate (Year 1) - 120 credits

Unit 1 Business and the Business Environment (15 credits)
Unit 2 Marketing Essentials (15 credits)
Unit 3 Human Resource Management (15 credits)
Unit 4 Management and Operations (15 credits)
Unit 5 Management Accounting (15 credits)
Unit 6 Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set) (15 credits)
Unit 7 Business Law (15 credits)
Unit 9 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (15 credits)


The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.

Higher National Diploma (Year 2) - 120 credits

To make up the total of 16 units, a further 7 units will be taken in the HND year 2. The list below contains units to be studied.

Unit 11 Research Project (Pearson-set) (30 credits)
Unit 12 Organisational Behaviour(15 credits)
Unit 36 Human Resources – Value and Contribution to Organisational Success(15 credits)
Unit 37 Consumer Behaviour and Insight(15 credits)|
Unit 41 Brand Management(15 credits)
Unit 43 Tapping into New and International Markets(15 credits)Unit 44 Pitching and Negotiation Skills(15 Credits)

Achievement of the HND gives 240 credits at FHEQ level 5. A student could obtain an Honours degree in a related subject such as BSc Business Studies by pursuing a top-up degree for one year at another institution.

Further details of the course units are obtainable from the Pearson website.

Course Fees

Fees for Academic Year 2021/22

Annual tuition fees: £6,100

Fees are for 2021/22 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Entry Requirements
  • Students will have one of the following: -
    • a level 3 qualification, preferably in Business
    • An Access to Higher Education certificate awarded by an approved FE college
    • Work related experience for a minimum of 5 years
    • GCE Advanced Level study demonstrating strong performance in more than one subject, in addition to GCSE grades A-C in English and Mathematics
  • English language skills will be assessed by the college through initial assessment equivalent to CEFR level B2, where the student has completed a level 3 course in business in the UK. In all other cases CEFR level B2 certificate from an approved awarding body in UK will be used as the entry criteria for competence in English language for this course.
  • There will also be a one-to-one interview sessions to understand students' motivations to learn.
  • As part of our entry requirements, applicants who may not have the necessary qualifications, may be considered through their relevant work experience (3 years minimum). As part of the application process, applicants will be required to provide a copy of their CV and other relevant documents.
Your Next Steps

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the business sector through: -

● Entering employment
● Continuing existing employment
● Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
● Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
● Progressing to university.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses, for example:

● BSc (Hons) in Business and Management
● BA and BSc (Hons) in Business Studies
● BSc (Hons) in International Management

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers. After completing a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment.