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Business — Higher National Certificate (HNC) full-time

Business and Professional Services

Course ID: 174306

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • 1 year course.
  • Flexible study that works for you.
  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in business, management, administration, marketing, accounting, and law.
  • Solid foundation for students who wish to enter university, we can help you achieve your goals.
  • Higher National Certificate.
  • Access support from our dedicated and passionate teaching team.
  • Utilise our fantastic resources and facilities.

What to expect from the course

The Higher National Certificate in Business is a blended course that offers an innovative mix of classroom based learning and self-directed learning online. The course can be studied over one year full-time or over two years part-time.

It has been developed for students who are either already working in industry or wishing to progress to a range of careers in business, such as management, administration, personnel, marketing, accounting and law. It provides a general qualification that allows flexibility of study to meet local or specialist needs.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Business Programme Handbook (2024/25)

Modules studied:

  • Business and The Business Environment
  • Marketing Processes and Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Accounting Principles
  • Managing a Successful Business Project
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Digital Business in Practice

How will I be taught?

The course is blended, therefore there is a mix of teacher centred learning together with students taking ownership of their own learning via the Pearson website. This is a very important aspect of the course to ensure successful completion and understanding.

Teaching is conducted a variety of ways including but not limited to student centred learning and discussions/debates. Resources will be made available before and after each session to assist with learning.

How will I be assessed?

The programme is assessed through the submission of written essays, reports and reflective logs and a series of project-based practical work-based assessments.

Formative feedback will support student progression in both written work and business outcomes.

Self and peer assessment in convener/critique situations will be an essential element of all projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and progression.

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate in Business

Why study with us?

Higher nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards, where appropriate. They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Students who successfully complete this qualification may continue their studies at The City of Liverpool College University Centre and progress onto the level 5 Higher National Diplomas (HND) Top-up in Business. Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment in their chosen career or study at another higher education provider.

Example careers

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Full level 3 qualification (A-level or BTEC or equivalent) in relevant subject area or sufficient work experience in business administration and finance (must produce evidence of this).

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for24/25 is 6700.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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