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BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business (Management) The City College



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The purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. BTEC Higher Nationals include a Level 4 Certificate (HNC) and a Level 5 Diploma (HND). The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

The BTEC Higher National qualifications are awarded by Pearson and The City College works in partnership with this organisation to deliver the programme. As the awarding organisation, Pearson has approved The City College to offer a variety of HND qualifications. The College’s management team is then responsible for ensuring that the quality of the provision offered meets Pearson’s exacting conditions and standards.

Quality is monitored regularly through visits from Pearson’s External Examiners and a regular Pearson Annual Management Review.

Programme structure

The normal timescale for achieving a Level 4 HNC by full-time study is one-year. The normal timescale for achieving a Level 5 HND by full-time study is two-years. Progression to Year 2 of the programme is dependent on satisfactory completion of Year 1.

The one-year Level 4 HNC:

Requires successful completion of 8 units
Mixes 6 core and 2 optional units, each with a value of 15 credits (120 total)
Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 1200 hours
Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is 480 hours
Follows the General Business pathway.

The two-year Level 5 HND:

Requires successful completion of a further 7 units (therefore 15 in total)
Mixes 2 core, 3 specialist and 2 optional units, each with a value of 15 credits except the Research Project which is 30 credits (240 total minimum)
Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 2400 hours
Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is 960 hours
Follows the Business Management specialist pathway.

English language ability for non-native speakers who were taught in English for the final two years of school (or more)

Some applicants will not be native-speakers but will have studied the final two years of school in English (eg. those from West Africa). These applicants are also encouraged to enrol on the Level 2 English course, either as a useful refresher or because it should help with career development or further study (eg. university entrance).

Applicants will need to prove they have any qualifications claimed and that they studied in English. If any examination certificates have been lost, applicants should apply for new copies or provide a letter from their school/ college, or provide some other proof of their educational history, so the details can be verified.

English language ability for native speakers (born in UK)

All applicants are encouraged to enrol on the Level 2 English course, even if they already have an appropriate English qualification. This is because it is a good refresher course for those who have perhaps been away from education for a while, and because it should prove helpful with career development or further study (eg. university entrance). If they don’t have an English qualification or can’t prove what they claim, the same applies.

Additional costs

All applicants are advised that the fees paid cover the cost of tuition for programme delivery. There may be additional costs to cover, for example, books if required, stationary, awarding body registration fees, professional body registration fees, and travel costs to events. Having access to an up-to-date computer/ laptop and internet is advised.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business (Management).

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

Contact provider


14 Jan, 22 Apr, 30 Sep


The City College

University House,

53-55 East Road,



N1 6AH, England

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