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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 strong vocational 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.

Study mode
Full Time
Start Date
February 2021
UK / EU Fees
£6,165 / Year
Study Level
HND Level 5
Study Length
2 Years

Course Details & Modules

This programme is ideal for students interested in developing business knowledge and management skills in any industry.

Contact Hours:

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)

Course Stage Scheduled Activities (Hours) Guided Independent Study (Hours) Total Hours
Year One:
HNC (Level4)
480 720 1200
Year Two:
HND (Level 5)
420 780 1200

Level 4 in Year One

  • 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

Level 5 in Year Two

  • Research Project (Pearson-set)
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Strategy
  • Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations
  • International Marketing
  • Tapping into New and International Markets
  • E-Commerce & Strategy
First year
First year

Key Facts

Unit Map

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.

Become business-ready

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.

Practical learning

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.

Career Prospects

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.

Entry Requirements

UK entry Requirements

Students must be 18 years-old or over at the time of registration. They must have at least one of the following to qualify for enrolment:

  • A recognised Level 3 Foundation
  • Baccalaureate (level 3) – overseas qualifications must be translated into English using the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications (NARIC)
  • BTEC national level 3 diploma
  • A level(s) or High/Secondary School Diploma equivalent to A level(s)
  • Related work experience recognised as prior learning (RPL). Work experience should be relevant, it should involve relationships with colleagues and customer/clients where a student can demonstrate they have acquired some business-related skills such as communicating with customers or colleagues to meet business objectives, book-keeping, managing resources, planning and meeting work-related deadlines. For RPL the applicant needs to provide evidence of full-time employment in a relevant job in the UK. Usually two years of work experience are required. Evidence you need to provide includes one or more of the following:
    • Payslips or P60
    • Contract of employment
    • Letter from their employer with details of the role and the length of the employment
  • For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS score of 4.5, with no less than 4.5 in each of the components is required.

Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a HND course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year in February 2021.

Student Loans

UK/EU students are eligible to receive statutory student loans, subject to status.

International entry requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team for more information on international entry requirements.

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If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

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