Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business (Business Management) (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: 24 Months

Intakes: February and September

RQF Level: 5

Credit Value: 240 Credits Minimum

Study Mode: Full-time

Tuition Fee: £6000 per year

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 Higher National Diploma in Business (Business Management) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits. It is studied full-time for over a period of two years. An HND student is expected to have achieved at least 90 credits at Level 4 before progressing to Level 5 units. During the course, students will develop the knowledge and academic studies skills required for University or employment, which includes active research and writing skills, analytical skills, critical skills, problem-solving and team-building.

All Level 5 Higher National Diploma develop a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and learn to apply those principles more widely. Students will learn to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems and will be able to perform effectively in the chosen field. They will also learn the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

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
Unit 11 – Research Project (Pearson-set)305
Unit 12 – Organisational Behaviour155
Specialist UnitsUnit CreditLevel
Unit 16 – Operations and Project Management155
Unit 17 – Understanding and Leading Change155
Unit 18 – Global Business Environment155
Optional UnitsUnit CreditLevel
Unit 7 – Business  Law154
Unit 9 – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management154
Unit 32 – Business Strategy155
Unit 35 – Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations155

* 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 to 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 fifteen 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 Diploma in Business (Business Management) can provide students with the opportunity to work in many different areas within the business sector. Alternatively, on completion of the course students can progress for entry to an undergraduate degree programme at selected Universities.