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Business Higher National Certificate/Diploma

The Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D) in Business course is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification throughout the business world. It is aimed at students who want to continue their education through applied learning. If you choose to study your HNC/D Business, you will be taking the next great step to an exciting career in the ever-changing world of business. The units have been chosen to give you a broad base of knowledge and skills in marketing, human resource management, finance, small business management and innovation and commercialisation. A distinctive feature of the course at Sutton Coldfield is the opportunity to develop highly sought-after skills in e-commerce and social media for business purposes. Successful students will be able to distinguish themselves in the labour market by offering potential employers a highly relevant skill set and contemporary knowledge base.

Year 1 Modules

• Business and the Business Environment
• Entrepreneurial Ventures
• Human Resource Management
• Innovation and Commercialisation
• Accounting Principles
• Leadership and Management
• Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)
• Marketing Processes and Planning

Year 2 Modules

• Brand Management
• Marketing Insights and Analytics
• Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations
• E-Commerce and Strategy
• Organisational Behaviour
• Research Project (Pearson-set)
• Planning social media campaigns

The Year 1 HNC tuition fee for academic year 2021-22 is £5,665. The Year 2 HND tuition fee for academic year 2021-22 is £5,665. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Business & Professional
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Course Length
34 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - You will need UCAS Tariff Points: 32 points. The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 1 A Level at Grade C, BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade PPP, BTEC Diploma: Grade PP, BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade MP, Access to HE: Grade P45. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above: 2 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C/4, GCSE Maths: Grade C/4 Are Level 2 equivalents accepted? Yes, all students will be required to sit an English diagnostic assessment equivalent to Level 2. This is to establish if students require support and is used as a supportive tool only. Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard of English at IELTS Level 5.5 with no element below 5.0. NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, professional qualifications from their work sector, portfolio of evidence or successful interview.

Delivery and Assessment

The course is delivered via lectures, workshops, tutorials, blended learning (a combination of traditional face-to-face and online learning). Assessment is through coursework, group discussion and individual and group presentations. The course is assessed using assessments written by the course team and there are two Pearson set assessments (one in each year of the course) which are marked by the course team and moderated by Pearson.


This Business course is ideal preparation for a range of careers in industry, business, the public sector and management. You can choose to enter the world of work straight after graduation or you will be able to progress on to university to complete your full Honours degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Business Advisor
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • PR Executive
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Retail Manager
  • Sales and Promotion Marketing Executive