HND In Business

HND Course Overview

HND in Business

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business

Study Mode: Full time
Course Duration: 2 Years
Level of Qualification: 5
Awarding Body Pearson
Teaching Organisation London Brookes College

The HNCD Business programme is designed to give you the opportunity to develop your applied learning through a core set of skills and practices designed to develop your career in business. In addition to knowledge, understanding, and skills from the sector, the Higher National programme prepares you for further study or training.

The overall aims of the programmes are to:

  • Provide a thorough grounding in business principles at Level 4, enabling you to progress to a range of Level 5 studies across professions within the business sector, focusing particularly on small business activities.
  • Equip you with commercial acumen, understanding, and business skills for success in a range of administrative and management roles in business.
  • Enable you to progress to a university degree by supporting the development of appropriate academic study skills.
  • Enable you to progress to further professional qualifications in specific business areas by mapping to units/ modules in a range of professional business qualifications.

Course Structure / Units (Modules)

The core units are mandatory requirements by Pearson. However, the optional units are selected by the college for delivery. Further details about these modules and other useful information about the HND Business course can be found in the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals Business (2021) – RQF specification by visiting the link:

Entry Requirements

Students must be 18 years old or older at the time of registration. The students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in a related subject.
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • An international equivalent of the above qualifications.
  • College may also consider applicants’ prior learning when considering their acceptance on a Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals through Recognition of Prior Learning.
  • English language requirements for students for BTEC HND Programme
  • Mature applicants may be admitted based on work experience and or admission test. Such students will have to demonstrate a broad and diverse range of achievements. This typically includes substantial work experience, which may be both paid and unpaid, as well as a suite of professional qualifications relevant to their specific field of employment.

English Language Requirements

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualification in Business that is taught and assessed completely in English and requires a certain level of English language skills. Students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English can demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below before being recruited to the programme where the programme is both taught and assessed in English:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5
  • or equivalent

Assessment Methods

The assignment brief may require students to use a specific or combination of multiple assessment methods.

A case study Written Task or report Independent research
Presentations Portfolios Self-reflection
Discussion forum Role Playing

Students are required to submit all written assessments through Moodle/Turnitin. This process is essential to verify the authenticity of the student’s work.

Additional Student Support

During the programme, we offer training workshops on various topics, including an introduction to computing, basic numeracy skills, English for academic purposes, study skills, and academic referencing. More information about these sessions can be found on the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Personal Tutor Support

At LBC, every student enrolled in the programme is assigned a personal tutor, who plays a multifaceted role encompassing academic guidance and broader support or pastoral care. The relationship with the personal tutor extends beyond mere direct teaching. While personal tutors can recommend or facilitate meetings with other staff members for specific academic or non-academic issues, their primary role is to act as a central point of contact for practical programme-related matters. This includes guidance on unit selection and project choices or providing a supportive and understanding ear for any personal challenges a student might face.


Upon Achieving the HND Business Qualification, the successful students may seek to pursue further studies by enrolling on a Level 6 entry to complete a bachelor’s degree in business at a UK University or may choose to develop their careers through employment in the  Business sector.

Register Your Interest:  Enter your details below to register your interest in the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business Programme. You will receive useful information about how and when to apply.

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