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


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

Duration: 12 Months

Intakes: September and February

Location: London and Birmingham 

RQF Level: 4

Credit Value: 120 Credits

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 will 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 Diploma from an approved further education institution
  • An international equivalent to the above qualifications
  • Relevant 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 for the course they have applied.

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


Additionally, applicants need to have a good level of Numeracy and ICT skills

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 students will gain a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to key areas of business. They will also develop a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence, and problem-solving strategies. The students will have a wealth of knowledge to take into employment or further studies in a subject specialisation at Level 5. The aim of the qualification is to prepare students to thrive in the changing world of work.

The units below will be studied for this programme:

Core Units Unit Credit Level
Unit 1 – Business and the Business Environment 15 4
Unit 2 – Marketing Processes and Planning 15 4
Unit 3 – Human Resource Management 15 4
Unit 4 – Leadership & Management 15 4
Unit 5 – Accounting Principles 15 4
Unit 6 – Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set) 15 4
Optional Units Unit Credit Level
Unit 7 – Business Law 15 4
Unit 16 – Managing the Customer Experience 15 4

* 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 traditional face to face teaching. However, under unavoidable circumstances, the course may be delivered via blended learning or online delivery.  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 is embedded within the teaching and learning structure.

Teaching, learning and assessment will reflect an appropriate balance between broadening and deepening academic knowledge and developing practical employability skills.

Students will undertake a variety of assessments, both formative and summative, throughout the course. A variety of assessments methods may include presentations, debates, discussions, research on case studies and practical tasks. These assessments will enable 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.

The Higher National in Business curriculum provides a clear line of sight to employment, depending on which specialist areas students complete.

Student Support: An extensive induction programme will be provided as a first step to the introduction of the various support mechanisms available to students. Support will continue throughout the course, including the allocation of personal tutors for additional advice and guidance to facilitate students’ progression and successful completion of the course. Employability and enrichment activities are embedded within the course to enhance students overall personal, social and transferable skills.

Further information on student support and welfare can be found here:

Student Support and Welfare Webpage

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. Students wishing to progress within the College can top up on to the level 5 HND in Business (Business Management) programme.