Whether you’re looking to start your own business or launch a career in management, marketing or financial services, Highbury can help you achieve your goals.

Course: Level 4 HNC in Business
Location: Highbury Campus, Tudor Crescent, PO6 2SA
Mode: Part-time, Monday evenings, 6-9pm
Tuition Fee: £2,170
Registration Fee: £185


Who is the course for?

This programme of study, which is highly regarded by employers and academic institutions, allows students to achieve the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business. It aims to equip students with relevant business and management skills, knowledge, and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global business environment.

The programme develops students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a changing world. This qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who achieve the qualification.

What does the course include?

For this programme, you will study:

UNIT 1: Business & the Environment

The aim of this unit is to provide students with background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate. Students will examine the different types of organisation (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance, micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate.
Assessment type: Assignment
Credits: 15

UNIT 2: Marketing Essentials

This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles of marketing, enabling them to develop a basic marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve results. While they learn the underpinning theories and frameworks, they will also be able to relate these to real-world examples, including products and services that they encounter in their own daily lives.
Assessment type: Assignment
Credits: 15

UNIT 3: Human Resource Management

The aim of this unit is to enable students to appreciate and apply principles of effective Human Resource Management (HRM). People are the lifeblood of any organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity. This unit will explore the tools and techniques used in HRM to maximise employee contribution and how to use HR methods to gain competitive advantage. Students will explore the importance of training and development in building and extending the skills base of the organisation and ensuring it is relevant to the ever-changing business environment. Students will also consider the growing importance of becoming a flexible organisation with an equally flexible labour force, and become familiar with techniques of job design and with different reward systems.
Assessment type: Assignment
Credits: 15

UNIT 4: Management & Operations

The aim of this unit is to help students understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the characteristics, behaviours and traits which support effective management and leadership. In addition, this unit will introduce the concept of operations as both a function and a process which all organisations must adopt to conduct business. Students will be introduced to contemporary and historical theories and concepts which will support their learning for this unit.
Assessment type: Assignment
Credits: 15

UNIT 5: Business Law

The aim of this unit is to enhance students’ understanding of how business law is applied to the running of a company. Students will gain knowledge of business law and examine the impact of the law on business operations and decision-making. Throughout the unit students will identify legal solutions available to business owners and assess their suitability. Their experiences in this unit will help them better understand the areas of work in which they will want to specialise. They will be able to illustrate the impact of the law on normal business operations and when registering a company and inviting shareholders to invest in it. They will gain an understanding of the law in relation to market abuse and director responsibilities. Students will be able to recognise the application of employment law between employers and employees.
Assessment type: Assignment
Credits: 15

UNIT 6: Management Accounting

The overall aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of management accounting which apply to the wider business environment and the organisations which operate within that environment. Students will explore how management accounting uses financial data to aid planning decisions, and the monitoring and control of finance within organisations.
Assessment type: Assignment
Credits: 15

UNIT 7: Managing a Successful Business Project

This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment.
Assessment type: Assignment
Credits: 15

UNIT 8: Entrepreneurship & Small Business

This unit provides students with an understanding of the definition and scope of entrepreneurship and an understanding of the enablers and barriers to business start-up.
Assessment type: Assignment
Credits: 15

The course is accredited under the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates the qualification.

What attendance is required?

The course is delivered on a part-time basis over one evening per week. You are expected to attend a 1:1 tutorial once each term. Students are also supported by the College’s award winning, next generation learning platform Canvas through additional resources and communication and collaboration tools.

Learning and assessment

Students are taught through a variety of methods which include lectures, workshops, online learning and tutorials. Students will need to undertake significant independent study outside of taught sessions. For every 1 taught hour students should spend at least 2 hours studying independently away from College, equating to at least 8 hours per week.

Assessment is on a continuous basis with up to two assignments in each unit. Assessment is via coursework which takes a variety of forms including written reports, presentations, and written reflections.

Full-time, part-time and associate lecturers (corporate associates) may teach on the HNC Business programme. Staff teaching on the programme have a variety of commercial/industrial and/or teaching experience.

What qualification will be achieved?

Upon the successful achievement of this programme you will be awarded a Pearson BTEC Level 5 HNC in Business.

What is required to join the course?

In order to join and succeed on this programme, you will need an A Level, NVQ Level 3 or substantial work experience in business. You will need to possess a good standard of literacy and numeracy. Non-native English speakers: English language skills equivalent to an IELTS score of at least 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual section (listening and reading, writing, speaking).

What can be achieved after the course?

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Certificate, students can develop their careers in the business sector through:
- Progressing on to the one year HND Business programme
- Entering or continuing employment
- Linking with an appropriate professional body
- Starting or further developing their own business