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Leadership & Management Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HTQ)

Level 5 - Professional & University

Leadership & Management Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HTQ)

The Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D) in Business course is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification throughout the business world. With this in mind, the course has been developed to offer maximum flexibility, meet the requirements of the industry and develop the skills employers find valuable. 

It is aimed at people who want to continue their education through applied learning. If you choose to study 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 & 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. The course will be delivered as a blended online approach with 50% direct tuition and 50% independent study.

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year(HNC)of study. The College reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study (HND) in line with increases in inflation (capped at 3%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.



Matthew Boulton College




Course Length: 33 Weeks

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.

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.

Year 1 Modules (HNC)

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

Year 2 Modules (HND)

  • 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

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