Type: Online / Full Time / Part Time options available
Mode: Online / Part-time / Full-time / Higher Apprenticeship (students in employment)
Start Date: September 2020 / Flexible online starts
Duration: Flexible online / 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time at Accrington and Rossendale College (UCAS Code, HNC: HNBU, HND: HDBU)
Cost: £7,725 Full Time / £4,120 per year Part Time / Online enquire
Course Overview

This programme is aimed at students who have completed a Level 3 course in Business or a related subject, who are looking to study a Higher Education programme locally to progress their career within this sector.

Please note that students without the formal entry criteria but with relevant experience will also be considered.

This programme has a number of different subject specialisms that result in different award titles. The title of the award made will depend on the modules completed. The titles of the awards available are:

  • HNC Business
  • HND Business (Accounting and Finance)
  • HND Business (Business Management)
  • HND Business (Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management)
  • HND Business (Human Resource Management)
  • HND Business (Marketing)
  • HND Business (Operations Management)

The title of the HND award made will depend on the modules completed.

Students are able to complete this programme through a part-time or full-time study basis. Students in employment are also able to undertake this programme as a Higher Apprenticeship.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Units in the programme may include;

  • Business and the Business Environment

  • Marketing Essentials

  • Human Resource Management

  • Management and Operations

  • Management Accounting

  • Managing a Successful Business Project

    Plus one of:

  • Business Law

  • Innovation and Commercialisation

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

  • Financial Accounting

How will the course be assessed?

A series of written and practical work is assessed by your tutors and will determine your overall grade.

Materials and other information

To apply for a HE loan for the HNC in Business Studies course, please visit www.slc.co.uk

All HE enrolments are subject to the College’s Higher Education Student Agreement.


The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in business, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the business sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Business and Management Pearson
  • BSc (Hons) in International Management.

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers.

After completing a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment. The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the business sector. Below are some examples of job roles each qualification could lead to:


Job Roles

Accounting and Finance

Chartered Accountant

Accounting Technician

Financial Advisor

Business Management

Business Manager

Business Development Manager

Business Advisor

Office Manager

Human Resource Management

Human Resources Officer

Training and Development Officer

Recruitment Consultant

Human Resources Manager


Channel Marketing Manager

Sales and Promotion Marketing Executive

Communications Planner

Digital Marketing Executive

Operations Management

Logistics and Distribution Manager

Supply Chain Manager

Service Delivery Manager

General / All Pathways

Retail Manager

Sales Manager

Business Consultant

General Manager

Submit an application form

Click here to complete an application form for the HNC Business full-time study programme.

Click here to complete an application form for the HNC Business part-time study programme.


Click here to complete an application form for the HND Business (Top Up) full-time study programme.

Click here to complete an application form for the HND Business (Top Up) part-time study programme.

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