North Hertfordshire College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Higher National Certificate in Business

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Course summary

• The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Business is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. • The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. • Pearson BTEC Higher National provides nationally recognised qualifications offering career progression, professional development, employment opportunities and further progression within higher education. The qualifications are made up of compulsory units and specialist units studied during the first year HNC and second year, leading to the full HND Business qualification. • The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the business sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in business. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the business sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. • Inspiring ambition and widening horizons for young people through sports, education and other extra-curricular activities. The course aims to: • To equip students with business skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global business environment. • To provide education and training for a range of careers in business, including management, administration, human resources, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting and finance. • To provide insight and understanding into international business operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a globalised market place. • To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values. • To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in business, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in business or a related area. • To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives. • To provide opportunities for those students with a global outlook to aspire to international career pathways. • To provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognised professional qualification. • To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field. • To allow flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs. • To offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.

Course details


Unit 1 Business & Business Environment 15 Credit Unit 2 Marketing Essentials 15 Credit Unit 3 Human Resource Management 15 Credit Unit 4 Management & Operations 15 Credit Unit 5 Management Accounting 15 Credit Unit 6 Managing A Successful Business Project (Pearson Set) 15 Credit Unit 7 Business Law 15 Credit Unit 9 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 15 Credit

Assessment method

You will cover in this first year at total of 8 units. Each unit is assessed by individual or group participation, individual presentation, research and coursework assignments. • Assessment activities provide major opportunities for learning, including: • Group and individual work • Peer Feedback • Individual and group presentations • Essay, evaluations and assignments All assessments are delivered through a standard system, which makes the context and the assessment criteria clear. There are assessment weeks. Grades accumulate over the year. The External Examiner samples student work and grades. An annual Exam Board finalises all student grades. • Competence and knowledge are assessed through a range of methods

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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English language requirements

In order for students to be successful on Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications, the following are the English language requirements: 1) All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, can demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to the programme • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 • PTE 51 • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 • Or equivalent. 2) All students who have studied in English for the final two years of school (e.g. GCSE) are not required evidence of English language proficiency; 3) The college may adopt its own internal English language test to judge whether students meet this standard. It is for the College to satisfy itself that the student’s score is commensurate with IELTS 5.5, but the expectation is not limited to the use of IELTS. The college reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant.

Unistats information

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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

Additional fee information

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Higher National Certificate in Business at North Hertfordshire College - UCAS