Business Studies University of South Wales


Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

In a rapidly changing business environment, employers are looking for people who have their finger on the pulse and can easily find solutions to an array of problems. Our industry-led HND Business Studies course provides you with the tools to achieve this, and will give you the knowledge to manage a successful business or organisation.

The HND Business Studies course will develop key transferable skills including strategic thinking, problem solving, managing tasks, and applying design and creativity. Our mix of theory and practice enables you to apply what you learn to real world situations, enhancing your employment prospects. Studying an HND differs from a foundation degree because it does not include a work-based learning module. This means that you don’t need to undertake a work placement, work experience, or be in employment to study this course. Course content is driven towards improving your employment prospects after graduation.

  • Qualification

    Higher National Diploma - HND

  • Study mode


  • Location


  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


In year one you will study: Foundations in marketing, Academic and professional development, Economics, law and regulations, Entrepreneurship and business startup, The management of financial information, Work and organisational behavior. In year two you will study: Marketing communications, Brands and consumer lifestyles, Digital context, Managing an enterprise, Strategic business analysis, Developing talent for success, Strategic human resource management, Resourcing and talent planning, Accounting for managers and Business and financial analysis.

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 091N
Institution code W01
Campus name Pontypridd
Campus code A

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level D D Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits Combinations of credits amounting to the same tariff points are acceptable – if you have any questions please contact
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM The BTEC entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) C We accept the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma in lieu of a third subject. The grade range for the Skills Challenge Certificate is the range within which the University will normally make offers. The grade will reflect what you would have been asked for from a third A Level. Please contact if you have any questions.

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8,000 Year 1
International £12,300 Year 1
England £8,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,000 Year 1
Scotland £8,000 Year 1
Wales £8,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the University website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. Students from Wales and the EU may be eligible for a means-tested Welsh Government Learning Grant. Please visit the University website for full details.

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