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Approval status

This course will run but is subject to minimum numbers

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English & Maths grade C or 4/5
  • Relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC, UAL, A Level, Access to HE Diploma etc.
  • 64 UCAS tarrif points
  • Mature students may have commensurate work/business /industry related experience that may be considered

Credit Transfer

Transfer of credit from another qualification is considered on a individual basis and will require an interview.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone interested in a career in business, administration or the public sector – across a broad range of business-related disciplines.

About the course

This Business course provides a stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students, along with essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into the world of work or a related degree.

Why study?

BTEC is the world's most successful and best-loved vocational qualification brand and is renowned for engaging students in practical, interpersonal and thinking skills for more than thirty years.

BTEC Higher National qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 4 and 5.

The qualification provides students with a clear line-of-sight to employment and to progression to a degree.

Where will this course take me?

After the HND a Top-up to a full Degree may be possible. Check with Universities directly or the UCAS website.

After the HNC – you could ask to transfer to the second year of a degree. Again, contact the University's admission team direct after searching the course on the UCAS website. Or you could continue at Harlow College and complete your HND.

Or get a job in Business, Business Management, Marketing, Law, Accounting, Business Administration, Sales, Event Management, Politics, and many more.

Core modules

HND (Level 5)

Module Level Credit
11. Research Project 5 30
12. Organisational Behaviour 5 30

Specialist Units

Module Level Credit
16. Operations & Project Management 5 15
17. Change Management 5 15
18. Global Business Environment 5 15

Optional modules

Module Level Credit
32. Business Strategy 5 15
41. Brand Management 5 15

*These modules may be subject to change

How much does it cost?

£5,500 per year with an inflationary rise if you proceed to the HND.
You may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.

The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.

Included in the fee:

  • £10 free printing per year
  • All tuition and assessment

Not included in the fee:

  • Printing over £10
  • Cost of trips
  • Cost of residential visits
  • Basic stationery

*There may be additional costs for this course


The timetable should be available a month prior to commencement.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work.

Assessment & Feedback

All assessment is Internal except for Managing a successful Business Project (unit 6) and the Research project (unit 11) which will both be set by Pearson. There are no external examinations for this qualification.

Each qualification is assessed with either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Assessment methods will vary for each module but will be a range of:

  • Written assessment
  • Mind Mapping
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Practical assessments
  • Action research

 The % of teaching and learning that is:

  •  Coursework/written 70%
  • Practical 10%
  • Work based learning 20%

The % type of planned learning:

  • Planned hours face to face 70%
  • Independent study 30%

Assessment % how much is:

  • Final assessment end loaded 35%
  • In year assessment/continuous 65%

Types of assessment %:

  • Controlled assessment (open book or closed book) 0%
  • Exam – written 0%
  • Exam – multiple choice 0%
  • Portfolio 60%
  • Practical piece 20%
  • Work based 20%

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply for this course through UCAS

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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