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Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D) in Business (RQF)

Level: 4/5
HNC Duration: 18 months (part-time)
Awarded by: Pearson
2020-21 Fees: £3660

Please note: For September 2020 entry, the HNC will run as a part-time programme over 18 months, with 3 hours on site one week, 3 hours online the next.

Students hoping to progress to the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management at Selby College may be able to complete the course in one year followed by the HND in year 2, before progressing to the BA Top-Up in year 3.

About this course

The HNC in Business is a Level 4 programme providing students with a specialist vocational understanding of business. There will be a strong, sector-related emphasis on acquiring knowledge and understanding of key business concepts, whilst simultaneously developing the practical skills necessary for a successful career within the business sector.

Why study this course?

This part-time programme is run over 18 months with students attending 3 hours on site one week, 3 hours online the next. The HNC in Business is designed to help students gain specialist vocational skills. You will gain strong sector-related skills and you will also acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of the business sector. This will help to develop your confidence if you choose to progress into employment or onto an HND/Top Up Degree. The qualification combines work-based practice with the academic skills that students need to operate at a higher level. You will be equipped with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in a range of administrative and management positions in business. The qualification also serves to support individuals employed, or entering employment in the business field.

What will I study?

Building on previous knowledge and skills in Business, the course is structured to provide opportunities across a broad academic and vocational base, progressively deepening learners’ knowledge. Particular emphasis is placed on ensuring that students are able to effectively apply their knowledge to relevant practical situations. Students undertake eight units to complete the HNC.

These are currently*:

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project
  • Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

*Please note that units may be subject to change from year to year, due to curriculum updating/sector changes/changes in delivery staff specialisms or awarding body requirements. See Course Terms and Conditions for more details.

Assessments for the course may take a variety of forms, from practical tasks, group work and presentations to formal, written assignments and reports.

Facilities and Equipment

Selby College has a dedicated HE room, extensive IT facilities and a well-stocked Learning Resource Centre with relevant texts, journals and e-resources which can be accessed on site and remotely.

What can I do after the course?

On successful completion of the HNC, you will have the opportunity to progress onto the HND in Business at Selby College. Some students may then undertake further study to complete a Top Up Degree, to gain a full degree in Business or one of the specialist areas covered by the qualification. Other students may progress to employment or set up their own enterprise. The course aims to equip students with the skills required for a variety of employment opportunities, for example project management, HR management or marketing roles in the retail sector.

Who is this course aimed at?

This is a nationally recognised qualification offering career and professional development for those entering, or already established, in the business field as well as opening up progression opportunities for successful students to further their academic study to HND and degree level. The course is aimed at those who have completed a Level 3 course, or equivalent, in Business, or a related subject, or who have relevant industry experience and are looking to progress to a practical Higher Education qualification. This programme will appeal to those who wish to complete their studies in an inclusive setting which is accessible and can provide a highly supportive teaching and learning environment.

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS Tariff points (NEW UCAS TARIFF) from either:

  • A Levels (including Business or a related subject)
  • A BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business

The following are also required:

  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths
  • Two satisfactory references

Applications from mature students with relevant professional/life experience are encouraged. You might be required to provide further evidence to decide on your suitability for the course and an admissions test may be used in certain circumstances.

Other Information

Tuition Fee loans are available from the Student Loan Company for most students - see www.slc.co.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/student-finance for more details.

For more information about the course, Higher Education fees/funding and the application process, please contact Selby College Higher Education Office on 01757 211114 or email highereducation@selby.ac.uk.

Level: 4/5
HNC Duration: 18 months (part-time)
Awarded by: Pearson
2020-21 Fees: £3660

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