City and Islington College

Business City and Islington College Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

This widely-recognised, highly-valued qualification develops the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in business, or progress to higher level study. It is also approved by the following professional bodies, enabling progression to specialist courses: ACCA, CIMA, CIPS and CIPD.

With a strong focus on business management, you will develop the knowledge, skills and experience valued by employers in the key areas of marketing, human resource management and finance.

Through a range of work-related learning opportunities, including projects connected to a variety of industries, you will gain a deep understanding of how businesses operate, while improving your research and decision-making skills, and developing as a business practitioner.

This qualification follows on from Level 3 qualifications in Business, and provides a seamless progression route into higher education and/or employment.

The BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business offers a broad introduction to the subject, while also developing your specialist knowledge, skills and experience in Business Law and Entrepreneurship.

On successful completion of the course, you may progress to a career in a variety of business industries. You may build upon your HNC with further degree-level study at university or college, or pursue professional qualifications in specialist subjects such as Accounting, Management, Marketing or Human Resources.

Throughout your course, you will have a personal tutor and access to a range of a specialist teaching and learning resources. You will have the opportunity to visit universities to take part in subject-specific master-classes to enhance your learning and prepare you for higher level study.

You will have access to our Business Hub, providing a professional working environment with air-conditioned classrooms with smart boards; self-study area with computer stations and laptops; seminar, small group and one-to-one tutorial rooms; two computer rooms with Sage Accounting Line 50 software (20 computers per room); online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), enabling you to access course materials and assignments remotely; and books, journals, reports and documents online and/or in the College’s Learning Resource Centre, including course reading lists.

Some teaching and learning will take in our Business Hub, which has full wheelchair access and a lift. You will also have access to onsite support for a range of issues, from financial concerns to mental health worries.

Course details


You will study key aspects of business through six core units and two further optional units chosen by the College.

Management Accounting - Core Unit - Mandatory - 15 credits
Business and the Business Environment - Core Unit Mandatory - 15 credits
Human Resource Management - Core Unit - Mandatory - 15 credits
Marketing Essentials - Core Unit - Mandatory - 15 credits
Management and Operations - Core Unit - Mandatory - 15 credits
Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set) - Core Unit - Mandatory - 15 credits
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management - Optional Unit - 15 credits
Business Law - Optional Unit - 15 credits

Module availability may be subject to change. The full timetable will be available in August 2019.

Assessment method

You will be assessed using a range of methods based on practical projects, and will demonstrate skills in research and analysis through academic study. This will include an externally-set Pearson assignment. Much of the evidence you provide will be through independent working but there will be occasions when you will be expected to work as part of a production team.

Assessment methods may include Written reports; Project briefs linked with employers; Portfolio; Posters, displays, leaflets; Financial & planning documents; Presentations; Reflective journals - blog, Group discussions; Role play; and Time-constrained assessment.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code BUS1
Institution code C65
Campus name Camden Road Centre
Campus code A

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

You should have:
- a Level 3 qualification, preferably in a Business-related subject, and
- GCSE maths and English qualifications at grades 4-9

If you do not hold the above, consideration may still be given to adult learners with strong relevant work experience and those with appropriate international/ overseas qualifications (determined by NARIC guidance).

In addition to the above, international/overseas learners require an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5, or equivalent (as determined by NARIC guidance).

English language requirements

In addition to the above, international/overseas learners require an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5, or equivalent (as determined by NARIC guidance).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,000 Year 1
England £6,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,000 Year 1
Scotland £6,000 Year 1
Wales £6,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

As part of the course, students take frequent visits to employers and events. These are often subsidised but you may be required to pay additional costs for any overseas trips. While the College is well resourced and provides equipment and books for you to use, you may wish to purchase some of your own books at your own expense. We advise that you have the capacity to work independently (via a laptop or tablet) and are able to back up your project work independently of College services.

Provider information

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City and Islington College
The Marlborough Building
383 Holloway Road
N7 0RN

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Applications and Admissions

0203 429 7676