Business at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

Overview Do you want to learn the all-round business skills that employers are looking for, while working on your personal development and setting yourself up to get a degree in the future? This HND Business course kick-starts your business career by providing a valuable introduction to topics including business strategy, finance, ecommerce and marketing. It’ll give you an edge when starting your career and give you a solid foundation for further study. After the course you can top up to a full degree by joining the final year of one of our selected Business, Finance or Marketing courses at our main campus in Portsmouth. What you'll experience On this course, you'll

  • Develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in business
  • Learn from experienced tutors, lecturers and business leaders
  • Build knowledge in subjects such as marketing, business finance, business law, data management, business strategy, organisational theories and human resource management
  • Work on a research project and put your knowledge into practice to demonstrate what you’ve learned
You can study this course at Havant & South Downs College in Waterlooville or Isle of Wight College in Newport. After the course you can top up to a full degree by joining the final year of the BA (Hons) Business Management degree course at our main campus in Portsmouth. Careers and Opportunities What can you do with a Business HND? After completing this course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to begin a career in areas such as:
  • marketing
  • sales
  • publicity
  • administration
  • ecommerce
  • accounting
  • financial and risk analysis
  • HR
You can also top up your qualification to a degree. What jobs can you do with a Business HND? Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant
  • publicity officer
  • graduate food buyer
  • financial analyst
  • risk analyst
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Environment
  • Business Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Theories
  • Business Law: Basic Principles
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Applied Marketing
  • Management Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Principles
  • Small Business Enterprise
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Business Strategy
  • Data Management
  • Research Project
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Business Law: Further Principles
  • Business Psychology
  • Event Management
  • Promotional Strategy
  • Small Business Enterprise
  • Employee Relations
  • Human Resource Development
  • Business Excellence
  • Project Management
  • Working With and Leading People
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through: individual and group coursework examinations online tests practical exercises. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: roughly 50% by written exams and 50% by coursework
- Year 2 students: roughly 70% by written exams and 30% by coursework

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Havant and South Downs College - EU and International applicants accepted Isle of Wight College - This course is available to EU and International applicants who do not require a Student Route Visa

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6165 Year 1
England £6165 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6165 Year 1
Scotland £6165 Year 1
Wales £6165 Year 1
Channel Islands £6165 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £6165 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to:
Business at University of Portsmouth - UCAS