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PEARSON BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business (QCF)

Programme specification

Pearson BTEC HND in BUSINESS - QCF LEVEL 5 (with embedded HNC level 4 award available as an exit point)

Awarding body: Pearson

A Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Business (QCF) and Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Business (QCF) have been accredited to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Title of the final award : Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Business (QCF)

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Business (QCF)

Programme title: Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business

Mode of study: Full time

Medium of study : English

Fees for 2014-16: (ECBC tuition fee) :

(Accurate at time of publication in 2015)

Criteria for Admission to the Programme:

The most important criterion for entry into this programme is the ability of the learners to complete the course successfully. The following academic achievements are expected from those learners who have been in education recently:

or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and /or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Entry requirements for this qualification are therefore varied. In all cases, the college will check the background qualifications of applicants to ascertain the suitability of the learner for this course.

Aims of the programme:

To provide a higher education business course that includes:

Distinctive elements of the programme:

The programme provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector with national recognition by employers allowing progression direct into employment or to degree. Successful completion of HND allows students direct entry to honours degrees at some British universities (further application necessary). It also helps student acquire IT and team working skills through the group and individual assignments which require them to do substantial amount of IT based work and presentations.

The most useful practical skills, techniques and capabilities are developed to explore the complexity and integrated nature of managerial work, identify and assess different methods of allocating resources to achieve corporate objective, develop the ability to analyse and apply management tools and techniques in a variety of decision-making contexts and investigate emerging issues and contemporary trends in Business Management.

Having completed the programme;

Progression from the BTEC Level 4 HNC

BTEC Level 4 HNCs provide a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment. Learners who achieve their BTEC Higher National Certificate can go on to specialise further in their subject by studying for a BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma

Progression from the BTEC Level 5 HND

Learners who successfully complete a BTEC Higher National Diploma might decide to use it as a starting point for working towards professional membership or studying for entry to their specialist professional body. They could also opt to take a degree top-up year to achieve a full degree. BTEC Level 5 HNDs facilitate learners to progress into employment in the business sector.

Teaching and learning

A combination of lectures, case studies, group work, quizzes, discussions, information searches and presentations will be used. Directed study of textbooks and journal articles (hard copy or electronic) and assignment or project work

Special attention will be given to those who might face difficulty in academic English.

The college arranges academic visits to different business organisations and guest lecturers from different industries in order to broaden the understanding of the learners about the real business world outside the classroom.

Intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and problem solving may be practiced and demonstrated through more active learning processes involving assignments or projects, group learning activity such as a seminar and/or tutorial, workshop, and / or field-based activity.

Transferable/key skills that are readily transferable to employment and other contexts, such as communication, teamwork will be developed through naturally arising opportunities within the curriculum. For example, written communication skills can be developed and assessed through essays or dissertations; oral communication skills through presentations in seminars; or team working skills through collaborative projects. Skills may be developed also through extra-curricular activities including work experience, student representative work, and social and cultural activities.

Programme structure and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards:

The Pearson Higher National units carry credit values in multiples of 5 i.e. 5, 10, 15 or 20 credits.

To achieve the level-4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business, a learner must achieve 120 credits of which 60 credits from the four core units and 60 from the optional units. A minimum of 65 credits from level 4 units and a maximum of 55 credits from level 5 units can be combined to make the 120 credits required to earn HNC in Business.

To achieve the level-5 HND in Business, 240 credits must be earned by passing 8 core units (equal to 125 credits) and additional optional units to complete 240 credits. The rule of combination is a minimum of 125 credits from level 5 units (including 8 the core units) and remaining 115 credits from the list of optional units.

Programme Structure

Learners take four mandatory core units for the HNC or eight mandatory core units for the HND from the lists below. At present the college offers the following units. Other units may be offered in future if demand arises.

HNC Mandatory Core Units - Total 60 credits for first 4 core units,

HND Mandatory Core Units - Total 125 credits for the 8 core units



Unit Level

Unit Credit


Business Environment




Managing Financial Resources and Decisions




Organisations and Behaviour




Marketing Principles




Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business




Business Decision Making




Business Strategy




Research Project



Specialist Units (at least 8 units with a minimum of 115 credits)


Working with and Leading People




Marketing Intelligence




Human Resource Management




The Internet and E Business




Quality Management in Business




Small Business Enterprise




Operations Management




Business Ethics




Both formative and summative assessments will be set for all students in this programme.

This programme is summatively assessed by assignments only.

The formative assessment for each unit involves a draft assignment and feedback before final submission of the assignment. The unit tutor may ask learners to complete mini assignments as a form of formative assessment. Group work, and mini presentations, questions and answers are also used as formative assessment.

The summative assessment for each module comprises a submission of an assignment by each learner. Each unit is internally assessed and graded by tutor/assessors and internal verifiers, and then externally by a Pearson examiner. Successful grades awarded are Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Student support

The college provides support to its students:

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Next Review Date : July 2016