Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Business
GCSE English language and maths at grade A*- C (grade 9 - 4), plus 48 UCAS points (MMM) in business or related subjects at A Level or BTEC, however a lower entry point may be considered with good references, or an Access to Higher Education course in Business. Progressing students should have a minimum attendance of 85% and an excellent college report.
You will also need a tutor reference and to attend an interview. Students with overseas qualifications are also welcome.
All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.
Who is the course for
This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in, a wide range of business areas such as marketing, HR or finance etc. Besides being a stand-alone qualification this course is also for those students who wish to progress to the 2nd year of a university degree course or complete the HND component of a higher national qualification.
These subjects will help students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of the key aspects of the business sector at Level 4, through six core units (mandatory), which includes one Pearson set unit.
- Business and the business environment (Assignment based)
- Marketing essentials (Assignment based)
- Human resource management (Assignment based)
- Management and operations (Assignment based)
- Management accounting (Assignment based)
- Managing a successful business project (Pearson Set assignment)
- Business law (Assignment based)
- Entrepreneurship and small business management. (Assignment based).
The HNC has 1,200 hours of Total qualification time. This is an estimate of the total time it could reasonably be expected for a learner to achieve a qualification. 40% or 480 hours of the allocated time (TQT) is spent at college in lecturers and workshops.
This is 15 hours per week, with half spent in lectures (taught lessons) and half in workshops. (Opportunities for research with lecturer support. The remaining 60% or 720 hours will be spent completing independent study. For example, completing assignment, working at home or in the LRC.
How is the course assessed
The HNC is 100% coursework with 1 Pearson Set unit (12.5%). This unit is a research project that will include timetabled sessions 50% and independent study 50%.
The theme of the project is provided by Pearson and limited guidance and feedback will be provided throughout the duration of the project. The project must be completed by February and is an open book non exam unit.
Where next - Further Studies
Students passing the HNC course may be able to progress onto a Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, with a view to completing a full degree programme at university. Many professional bodies also recognise the HNC for further professional study. Some universities will take students into either year 1 or year 2 of a degree course.
Where next - Job Opportunities
The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Business sector.
Jobs roles include: HR co-ordinator, marketing assistant, customer service assistant. Many of our students have gone into the banking sector at Barclays and City bank.
Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on
- Assessment and grading
- College rules and resources
- Student support and representation.
Students will attend college for 15 hours - over three days per week. Student are expected to complete approximately 18 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research and completing assignments).
Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students.
UCAS Code: N100
Last updated: 10 September 2018
- Home student: £5,255
- Overseas student: £6,960
The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.
Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.
Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary.
If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.
How to Apply
All applications for HND courses are through UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit www.ucas.com
For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.