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Business — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Course information

The HNC in Business has been developed to focus on providing education and training for a range of careers in business, such as management, administration, personnel, marketing, accounting and law, as well as providing a general qualification which allows flexibility of study to meet local or specialist needs.

The core units studied are:

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Processes and Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Accounting Principles
  • Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson Set)

The two optional units studied are:

  • Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Business Law

Skills and Knowledge Developed:

Higher Nationals in Business have been developed to focus on:

  • providing education and training for a range of careers in business such as management, administration, personnel, marketing, accounting and law
  • providing a general qualification which allows flexibility of study to meet local or specialist needs
  • providing specialist options which meet the needs of the major functions in business and allow specialisation with career progression and professional recognition in mind

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

HNC Business Programme Handbook (21-22)

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


Higher National Certificate in Business

This course leads to...

The BTEC higher national is a strong foundation for students continuing to university to complete a degree. The level of independent research and critical thinking, as well as the assessment methodology, helps to prepare students for university. Although the certificate is broadly equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, and the diploma is broadly equivalent to the second year of this degree, the entry point for a higher national learner to a degree is at the discretion of the higher education institution.

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 will be interviewed and will sit an initial assessment test. Candidates applying for an apprenticeship route need to be in employment.

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

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.
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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163350

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


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 for21/22 is 6568.00
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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