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

Programme specification

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

Awarding body: Pearson Edexcel

• Qualification descriptors used in the national qualifications frameworks

This course follows the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Teaching institution : East End Computing and Business College

Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body : None

Name of the final award : Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business

Programme title: Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business

Level

Level 5 for the HND (the equivalent of completion of the second year of a UK Bachelor Honours Degree course)

Level 4 for the HNC (the equivalent of completion of the first year of a UK Bachelor Honours Degree course)

• Mode of study : Full time

• Language of study : English

Fees for 2017-18: (ECBC tuition fee) :

· HND in Business £12,330.00 for 2 years including Pearson registration fee.

· HNC in Business £6,165.00 for 1 year including Pearson registration fee.

(Accurate at time of publication in 2017)

UCAS code: Not known


Important values of this programme

The contents of the curriculum and of course, and the world-wide recognition of the awarding body.

• 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:

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:

allow specialisation with career progression and professional recognition.

• 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 developed are 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.

• Intended programme learning outcomes: knowledge and understanding; skills and other attributes:

A learner is expected to accomplish the following higher level skills:

• Cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis

• Effective problem solving and decision making using appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills including identifying, formulating and solving business problems

• Effective communication, oral and in writing, using a range of media widely used in business e.g. the preparation and presentation of business reports

• Numeric and quantitative skills including data analysis, interpretation and extrapolation; the use of models of business problems and phenomena

• Effective use of communication and information technology for business applications

• Effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, self-starting, individual initiative and enterprise

• Developing an appropriate learning style

• Self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues

• Effective performance within a team environment including leadership, team-building, influencing and project-management skills

• Interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuading and presentation

• Abilities to conduct research into business and management issues.

In the Pearson Edexcel family of awards the difference between level-5 (HND) and level-4 (HNC) intended programme learning outcomes lies in the number of credits accumulated (see below).

• 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 will seek to arrange 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 practised and demonstrated through more active learning processes involving assignments or projects, group learning activity such as a seminar or tutorial, workshop, 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 Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits. It is usually studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits. It is usually studied full-time over two years, or part-time over four years. Pearson would expect that an HND student would have achieved at least 90 credits at Level 4 before progressing to Level 5 units. This allows for the students to submit the remaining 30 credits at Level 4 while undertaking their Level 5 study. Students undertaking an HND who fail to successfully complete the full qualification may be awarded an HNC, if their credit achievement permits. BTEC Higher Nationals consist of core units, specialist units and optional units:

● Core and specialist units are mandatory

● Specialist units are designed to provide a specific occupational focus to the qualification and are aligned to Professional Body standards

● All units are usually 15 credits in value, or a multiple thereof. These units have been designed from a learning time perspective, and are expressed in terms of Total Qualification Time (TQT). TQT is an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be expected to be required for a student to achieve and demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a qualification. TQT includes undertaking each of the activities of Guided Learning, Directed Learning and Invigilated Assessment. Each 15-credit unit approximates to a TQT of 150 hours and 60 hours of Guided Learning.

Subjects of study

Students take six mandatory core units and two optional units at Level 4 to get HNC or six mandatory core units and two optional units at level 4, and two mandatory core units and five optional units at level 5 to get HND in Business. At present the college offers the following units. Other units may be offered in future if demand arises.

Unit

No

Level

Six Mandatory Core Units and two optional units at level 4 – Total 120 credits for HNC; or

Six Mandatory core units and two optional units at level4 plus two mandatory core units and five optional units at level 5 – Total 240 credits for HND

Unit credit

Total Qualification Time (Hours)

1

4

Business and the Business Environment

15

150

2

4

Marketing Essentials

15

150

3

4

Human Resource Management

15

150

4

4

Management and Operations

15

150

5

4

Management Accounting

15

150

6

4

Managing a successful Business project (Pearson Set)

15

150

7

4

Business Law

15

150

9

4

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

15

150

11

5

Research Project (Pearson set)

30

300

12

5

Organisational Behaviour

15

150

17

5

Understanding and leading change

15

150

20

5

Employee Relations

15

150

24

5

Digital Marketing

15

150

26

5

Supply Chain Management

15

150

32

5

Business Strategy

15

150

• Assessment:

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 sampled by internal verifiers (IVs) for Quality Assessment purpose, and then reviewed by a Pearson Standards Verifier (SV) annually. Results are graded as Pass, Merit and Distinction. Results are published after the IV’s sampling and certificates are claimed after the clearance is received from the SV.

• Student support

The college provides support to its students:

Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Quality Assurance Agency’s General Business and Management undergraduate benchmark statement plus Pearson BTEC HND/HNC programme specification and unit descriptions.

• Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of learning

The quality and standards of learning are evaluated and improved through a number of methods. These include:

• Date at which the programme specification was written or revised.

Revised in July 2017