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HND Business (Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management pathway)

This course is recruiting for direct entry to Year 2 only. Use the enquire button to contact us about this.

Course information

Course Summary

NOTE: This course is recruiting for direct entry to Year 2 only. Use the enquire button to contact us about this.

This HND, taught at Nescot's main campus in Ewell, is aimed at students wanting to gain relevant knowledge and develop skills that will aid in creating sustainable start-up businesses. The course also aids students in helping them to pursue a career in business and providing a solid platform for further study in the subject area, should they wish to. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

Course Code:N3789
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Award:HNC (Year 1), HND (Year 2)
Awarded by:Pearson
Course Length

2 Years

Course Detail

The Higher Nationals in Business has been developed to focus on:

  • Providing education and training for a range of careers in business.
  • Providing opportunities for departmental managers to achieve a nationally recognised Level 4/ Level 5 vocationally specific qualification.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to gain a nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in business, start-up own enterprise or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as a degree in computing or a related area
  • Developing the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners in the multi layered field of business.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher-level skills in an enterprise and entrepreneurial context.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

In addition, the set of key skills developed, are valued by employers; the course includes the key business areas of marketing, human resource management, and finance, as well as the operational and planning associated with business decision making. A distinctive feature of the course is that it provides an international focus. Within this international context, students develop their abilities as business practitioners through a range of work-related learning and assessment opportunities.

The course has been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind. It is essential that learners gain the maximum benefit from their programme of study.

Aims of the qualification

This qualification meets the needs of the above rationale by:

  • Giving students the opportunity to specialise in a business-related occupational area and to progress to degree-level study.
  • Preparing students to move on to specific areas of business at Level 6 or to enter employment with the qualities and abilities necessary for roles that require personal responsibility and decision-making.
  • Giving students the ability to develop and apply their own ideas to their studies, to deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore solutions, demonstrate critical evaluation and use both theory and practice in a wide range of business situations.
  • Giving students a sound understanding of the principles in their area of specialist study and will know how to apply those principles more widely in the business world. They will be able to perform effectively in their specialist area.

The course is made up of 15 units, all of which must be completed. Requires 240 credits, of which 120 credits are at Level 5 (7 units) and 120 credits are at Level 4 (8 units).

All Full-time students take the following core units in:

Higher National Diploma Level 4 (Year 1)

Mandatory Core Units (Level 4)

  • Unit 1: Business and the Business Environment (15 credits)
  • Unit 2: Marketing Process and Planning (15 credits)
  • Unit 5: Accounting Principles (15 credits)
  • Unit 6: Managing a Successful Business Project (15 credits)

Additional units (Level 4)

  • Unit 7: Business Law (15 credits)
  • Unit 8: Innovation and Commercialisation (15 credits)
  • Unit 9: Entrepreneurial Ventures (15 credits)
  • Unit 12: Executive Recruitment Solutions (15 credits)

Higher National Diploma Level 5 (Year 2)

To make up the total of 15 units, a further 7 units will be taken. All students must study the following core mandatory units:

  • Unit 19: Research Project (Pearson-set) (30 credits)
  • Unit 20: Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)

In addition, a further six units must be completed to achieve the HND. These units are potentially subject to change and some units not listed here may be studied.

  • Unit 23: Financial Management (15 Credits) Optional
  • Unit 28: Launching a New Venture (15 credits) Specialist
  • Unit 37: Pitching and Negotiation Skills (15 credits) Specialist
  • Unit 45: Business Data Analytics and Insights (15 credits) Optional
  • Unit 56: Tapping into New and International Markets (15 credits) Optional

Our HND in Business is a widely recognised by institutions and employer locally and domestically. This is a highly valued business qualification, which will help in developing a range of skills that are necessary to pursue a career in business, self-employment and providing a solid platform for further study in the subject area.

NESCOT’s Business faculty have access to truly world class reading materials both offline in the form of our learning resource centre, and online via platforms like Athens. Our faculty have one of the best value-added percentages borough-wide, where students attain grades higher than their entry point. Our staff are highly qualified and have had many years of industry experience as well as experience operating their own business start-up’s, we have also established links to internationally renowned external businesses and entrepreneurs.

Course Fees

Fees for Academic Year 2022/23

Annual tuition fees: £6,100

Full fee information here

Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Entry Requirements

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business/Enterprise
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above.

The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:

From A levels: 64 UCAS Tariff points

BTEC: Merit/Pass/Pass profile

Plus: GCSE (A*-C) (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent): minimum of five subjects including Mathematics and English Language.

Your Next Steps

The HND prepares you not only for the world of work, but also for 'top up' conversion Degree programmes. There is a very significant focus on developing business and employability skills that will provide successful students with career enhancing opportunities and the opportunity to proceed to a full Honours Degree. After completion of their HND, students can further their studies by taking the third year of the BA (Hons) Business (Top up), also offered at NESCOT College.

Types of Roles within the sector:

  • Business Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Advisor
  • Office Manager
  • Departmental Manager
  • Self-employment through owning or managing own business
  • Continuing existing employment

You will also be able to:

  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Commit to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to University.
Other Information

"I enjoyed my BTEC so much that I decided to enrol on the HND course which I found to be very relevant to the changing nature of the business landscape. The course covers all aspects of enterprise and entrepreneurship and you can choose to specialise at this level too."

Eric Barrett – BTEC Level 3 and Prospective HND Business student


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Last Updated - 03/11/2021