The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business is to develop students as independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of business employers and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and improve the career prospects of those who take them. Studying this course will enable you to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be a great business all-rounder, improving your employability and promotional potential. You will study a wide range of local and global business issues, developing key transferable skills such as strategic thinking, problem solving and leadership. Each unit focuses on the theoretical knowledge, professional expertise and work-based learning relevant to a variety of areas including management, human resources, marketing, accounting, business strategy and business law. Attendance is 2 full days per week. The Level 4 units lay the foundations of learning by providing a broad introduction to business and different business functions. This develops and strengthens core skills while preparing the student for specialist subjects at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility. Students will gain a wide range of business knowledge tied to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop vocational behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace. By the end of Level 4, students will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to key areas of business. The Level 5 units give students the opportunity to specialise in a business-related occupational area and to progress to degree-level study. The units prepare 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. Students will be able 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. By the end of Level 5, students will have 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 Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses, for example: ● BA (Hons) Business Management ● - BA International Business ● - BSc (Hons) Accounting ● - BA Business Administration ● - BA Business and Human Resource Management ● - BA Business and Marketing ● - BA (Hons) Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation ● - BA (Hons) Global Business Management ● - BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance ● - BSc (Hons) Digital Business – Management.
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
This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
New College Swindon is unable to accept international students that require a student visa to study in the UK
Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industry experience will be considered.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
|No less than 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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