Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business (RQF)

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, prospective students are reminded that for the academic year 2020-21, the College will be delivering under a blended learning approach until January 2021. This will be under continuous review, taking into account government guidelines.


Awarding Body: Pearson – Awarding body course specification can be found here

Duration: 12 Months

Intakes: February and September

RQF Level: 4

Credit Value: 120 Credits Minimum

Study Mode: Full-time

Tuition Fee: £6000

Entry Requirements: Applicants must be aged 18 and above. The awarding body has not set any defined entry requirements. The College makes admission decisions based on students’ potential to complete the programme. Applicants would benefit most from this programme if they hold one or more of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification or another related level 3 equivalent qualification
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate received from an approved Further Education institution
  • Related work experience

Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector. Prospective Students will be interviewed to discuss their relevant experience and intention to the course they have applied for.

English Language Requirements:

  • International students must fulfil the UKVI requirements by providing a valid SELT (Secure English Language Test)
  • All students will need to demonstrate that their English Language level is equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2

Course Structure and Information: The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business is a qualification made up of 120 credits. It is studied full-time over a period of twelve months.

The HNC in Business course covers a broad range of business modules from introduction to business, human resource and management accounting. This means that students will have a wealth of knowledge to take into employment or further studies in a subject specialisation at Level 5. Students wishing to progress within the College can top up on to the level 5 HND in Business (Business Management) programme.

Students successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. Students would have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence, and problem-solving strategies.

The units below will be studied for this programme:

Core Units Unit CreditLevel
Unit 1 – Business and the Business Environment154
Unit 2 – Marketing Essentials154
Unit 3 – Human Resource Management154
Unit 4 – Management and Operations154
Unit 5 – Management Accounting154
Unit 6 – Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)154
Optional UnitsUnit CreditLevel
Unit 7 – Business  Law154
Unit 9 – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management154

* Modules may be subject to change.

Teaching, Learning & Assessment: This course will be delivered on a full-time basis and days of study will vary for different cohorts and students will be informed at the initial stage of the application process. The mode of delivery will be the traditional face to face teaching. Group and individual tutorials support will be provided throughout the course. Students will participate in sessions related to developing their academic skills, professional skills and overall development. Sessions for the course are delivered and designed with specific activities to assist students in developing knowledge based on their individual learning style and goals. Employment engagement will be embedded within the teaching and learning structure.

Students will undertake a variety of assessments, both formative and summative throughout the course. Variety of assessments methods may include presentations, debates, discussions, research on case studies and practical tasks. These assessments will enable students progression, and the identification of any support needs. This course does not contain any formal examinations.

Module assignments are set by the College. All assignments are mandatory and are targeted for industry-specific skills. Students will receive individual grades of a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each module. In order to gain the full qualification all eight modules must be passed. Assessment grades are subject to internal and external verification.

Student Support: Support will be provided throughout the course, including the allocation of personal tutors for additional advice and guidance, to help students progress and succeed on the course.

Next Steps:  The skills gained as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Business can provide students with the opportunity to work in many different areas within the business sector. Alternatively, on successful completion of the course students can progress on to further higher-level courses.