The course equips students with in-depth knowledge & comprehensive skill sets to prepare them to effectively spearhead organisations in rapidly changing business environments, and provides an up-to-date, real-world understanding of business management to enhance job prospects. A business degree can lead to jobs in marketing, finance, administration and human resources.
The course facilitates the development of managerial skills in the students. To impart its students practical experience, in its training programme, it puts students through a wide range of situations that require decision making at strategic & tactical levels, thereby preparing them for the future. Emphasis is laid on inculcating a critical understanding of ethical principles & standard practices.
The course material of this industry-focused course contains the dynamics of the complex business world of the day, which in turn helps the students thrive in their professional life.
Running businesses and organisations today requires strong leadership and management skills. To ensure future success, companies are constantly on the lookout for capable managers and leaders. Employers want graduates who are academically qualified and work-ready with the practical knowledge and skills they need to make their business successful.
The BTEC Higher National Diploma is a two-year course that offers a strong emphasis on practical skills alongside the development of key knowledge and understanding of business.
Students are attracted to this course because it gives them the knowledge and skills they need for a wide range of businesses in all sectors. Students can progress into employment or to further study.
A major progression path for students with a Higher National Diploma is to the top-up year of a degree programme, depending on the match of the Higher National units to the degree programme in question.
Course Details & Modules
This programme is ideal for students interested in developing business knowledge and management skills in any industry.
Year One will be 16 GLH* per week x 10 weeks x 3 terms = 480 hrs.
Year Two will be 14 GLH per week x 10 weeks x 3 terms = 420 hrs.
*Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
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HND (Level 5)
Unit 1 Business and the Business Environment
The aim of this unit is to provide students with background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate. Students will examine the different types of organisations (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance, micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate.
Students will explore the relationships that organisations have with their various stakeholders and how the wider external environments influence and shape business decision-making.
The knowledge, understanding and skill sets gained in this unit will help students to choose their own preferred areas of specialism in future studies and in their professional career.
Learning Outcomes (LOs)
- LO1 Explain the different types, sizes and scope of organisations
- LO2 Demonstrate the interrelationship of the various functions within an organisation and how they link to organisational structure
- LO3 Use contemporary examples to demonstrate both the positive and negative influence/impact the macro environment has on business operations
- LO4 Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of specific businesses and explain their interrelationship with external macro factors
Unit 2 Marketing Essentials
This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles of marketing, enabling them to develop a basic marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve results. While they will learn the underpinning theories and frameworks, they will also be able to relate these to real-world examples, including products/services that they encounter in their own daily lives.
Organisations such as Apple, Google, VISA, Burberry, Zara, Cadbury, Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola, UNICEF, BP and small local businesses all have at least one thing in common: they all use marketing to influence us to engage with their products and/or services. Whether it is becoming a loyal customer buying a product and service or donating to a charity, organisations use a range of marketing techniques and tools to inform and influence us.
The knowledge, understanding and skill sets that students will gain on successfully completing this unit will enhance their career opportunities; whether setting up their own business or being employed by an organisation.
Learning Outcomes (LOs)
- LO1 Explain the role of marketing and how it interrelates with other functional units of an organisation
- LO2 Compare ways in which organisations use elements of the marketing mix (7Ps) to achieve overall business objectives
- LO3 Develop and evaluate a basic marketing plan
Unit 3 Human Resource Management
The aim of this unit is to enable students to appreciate and apply principles of effective Human Resource Management (HRM). People are the lifeblood of any organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity. This unit will explore the tools and techniques used in HRM to maximise the employee contribution and how to use HR methods to gain competitive advantage. Students will explore the importance of training and development in building and extending the skills base of the organisation and ensuring it is relevant to the ever-changing business environment. Students will also consider the growing importance of becoming a flexible organisation with an equally flexible labour force and become familiar with techniques of job design and with different reward systems.
The unit investigates the importance of good employee relations and the ways in which employers engage with their staff and possibly with trade unions. Students will gain an understanding of the law governing HRM processes as well as the best practices which enable an employer to become an ‘employer of choice’ in their labour market.
Learning Outcomes (LOs)
- LO1 Explain the purpose and scope of Human Resource Management in terms of resourcing an organisation with talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives.
- LO2 Evaluate the effectiveness of the key elements of Human Resource Management in an organisation.
- LO3 Analyse internal and external factors that affect Human Resource Management decision-making, including employment legislation.
- LO4 Apply Human Resource Management practices in a work-related context.
Unit 4 Management and Operations
The aim of this unit is to help students understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the characteristics, behaviours and traits, which support effective management and leadership. In addition, this unit will introduce the concept of operations as both a function and a process, which all organisations must adopt to conduct business. Students will be introduced to contemporary and historical theories and concepts, which will support their learning for this unit.
On successful completion of this unit students will have developed sufficient knowledge and understanding of how management and operations make a positive,efficient and effective contribution to an organisation at a junior level. This could be in the role of a team leader or managing a specific aspect of an operation function and/or process. Underpinning all aspects of the content for this unit you will consider topics under two broad headings: management and operations.
Learning Outcomes (LOs)
- LO1 Differentiate between the role of a leader and the function of a manager
- LO2 Apply the role of a leader and the function of a manager in given contexts
- LO3 Demonstrate an appreciation of the role leaders and managers play in the operations function of an organisation
- LO4 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between leadership and management in a contemporary business environment
Unit 5 Management Accounting
The overall aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of management accounting, which apply to the wider business environment and the organisations which operate within that environment. Students will explore how management accounting uses financial data to aid planning decisions, and the monitoring and control of finance within organisations.
On successful completion of this unit students will be in a position to present financial statements in a workplace context and be able to assist senior colleagues with financial business planning. In addition, students will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to progress onto a higher level of study.
Learning Outcomes (LOs)
- LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of management accounting systems.
- LO2 Apply a range of management accounting techniques.
- LO3 Explain the use of planning tools used in management accounting.
- LO4 Compare ways in which organisations could use management accounting to respond to financial problems.
Unit 6 Managing a Successful Business Project
This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment.
The aim of this unit is to offer students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a project. They will undertake independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a business project, which meets appropriate business aims and objectives.
On successful completion of this unit students will have the confidence to engage in decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using project management skills. They will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable them to investigate and examine relevant business concepts within a work-related context, determine appropriate outcomes, decisions or solutions and present evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable format.
Learning Outcomes (LOs)
- LO1 Establish project aims, objectives and timeframes based on the chosen theme
- LO2 Conduct small-scale research, information gathering and data collection to generate knowledge to support the project
- LO3 Present the project and communicate appropriate recommendations based on meaningful conclusions drawn from the evidence findings and/or analysis
- LO4 Reflect on the value gained from conducting the project and its usefulness to support sustainable organisational performance
Unit 8 Innovation and Commercialisation
This unit aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of innovation and commercial station.
In today’s competitive landscape it is critical that organisations continually innovate both their product offering and processes to ensure that they remain competitive in the market. Furthermore, adopting a more commercially driven approach is vital to maximize the Return on Investment (ROI).
In this unit, we will look at a number of tools and techniques organisations use to drive innovation and become more commercial in their approach. The aim of the unit is to give students cutting-edge knowledge as well as practical application of the key ways organisations become more innovative while remaining commercially driven.
Learning Outcomes (LOs)
- LO1 Explain the context for innovation and determine the difference between invention and innovation
- LO2 Explain the different types of innovation
- LO3 Discuss the process required to commercialise Innovation
- LO4 Evaluate the range of methods for protecting ideas and understand their advantages and disadvantages
Unit 9 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
This unit provides students with an understanding of the definition and scope of entrepreneurship and an understanding of the enablers and barriers to business start-up.
Students will learn about the influence of national culture and economy on entrepreneurship and will explore the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs and the impact of personal situational factors, including education and background. Students will also learn about the role and importance of small firms to the economy, and about social enterprise and the social economy. Students will also be expected to understand the balance of risk and reward in starting a new venture and they will investigate and reflect on their own entrepreneurial and enterprising characteristics. Examples of entrepreneurs and start-up organisations will be discussed and students will be expected to draw on local, personal and general knowledge together with their learning to be able to identify the characteristics of entrepreneurial ventures.
Learning Outcomes (LOs)
- LO1 Explore and illustrate the range of venture types that might be considered entrepreneurial
- LO2 Assess the impact of small businesses on the economy
- LO3 Determine and assess the key aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset
- Examine the different environments that foster or hinder entrepreneurships
Students start by enrolling on the Higher National Certificate (HNC Level 4) course in the first year and the Higher National Diploma (HND Level 5) in the second year. The course is full time and you must take units worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. Each unit is worth 15 credits apart from Unit 11 Research Project, which is 30 credits.
Upon successful completion of the first year of study, students can progress onto the Higher National Diploma (HND Level 5) programme. Having achieved 240 Credits, students are awarded the HND. Student must submit for all eight units in the first year, but only need to pass seven for the HNC. Students who have not passed the HNC will not be able to pass HND Level 5. To pass HND Level 5, students need to submit seven units, but only need to pass six, including Unit 11 Research Project.
On this programme you will develop a good understanding of the nature of business management in a world of volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity.
A key feature is to blend both academic study and skills training in order to enhance the employability of our graduates.
During the first year of study on the HNC you will complete the following eight units of the HNC Level 4: Business and the Business Environment, Marketing Essentials, Human Resource Management, Management and Operations, Management Accounting, Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set), Innovation and Commercialisation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.
During the second year of study on the HND you will complete the following units: Research Project (Pearson-set), Organisational Behaviour, E-Commerce and Strategy, Business Strategy, Developing Individuals and Teams, International Marketing, Tapping into New and International Markets.
The tutors on the programme have a wide range of experience and ongoing links with industry. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and support.
The course focuses on the ability to think critically and will enable you to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.
We focus on equipping you with the knowledge of contemporary management theories but, of equal importance, giving you the opportunity to apply and integrate that knowledge in real-world scenarios.
Awarded by Pearson, in Partnership with USP College
This HND course is offered at Oxford Business College, Awarded by Pearson, in Partnership with USP College This means you will study in the central Oxford premises or the West London Campus of Oxford Business College, taking advantage of our personalised teaching approach, experienced tutors and unbeatable location in the heart of these global education capitals, but following a syllabus designed and overseen by Pearson.
The BTEC HNC/D in Business enables you to complete a two-year course (HND level 5) towards a BA (Hons) degree. When you finish, you will be able to enrol in a UK university to do a top-up year and attain a full BA (Hons) degree in a range of Business-related degree courses.